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(Rant) Itís Time To Stop Looking For Amelia Earhart
Jalopnik ^ | July 24, 2012 | Travis Okulski

Posted on 07/24/2012 5:19:19 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

It’s Time To Stop Looking For Amelia Earhart

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On July 2nd, 1937, Amelia Earhart's attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world came to an abrupt end over the Pacific Ocean. She lost radio contact with Itasca, the Coast Guard ship that was serving as her radio contact, and the plane supposedly went down near the tiny atoll of Howland Island.

Now, 75 years and uncounted millions of dollars later, we haven't found a trace of Earhart, her plane, or Fred Noonan, her navigator. Today is Earhart's 115th birthday, and it's time for us as a society to stop dwelling on the past and move on. Since this is a year of big Earhart related anniversaries, there has been added focus on searching for the legendary pilot's plane and final resting place. The latest $2.2 million investigation into her disappearance has once again ended without any new leads or developments.

The agency that undertook the investigation, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recover (TIGHAR), issued the following statement:

We anticipated ten days of search operations. Due to equipment problems directly attributable to the severity of the underwater environment at Nikumaroro, we only had five days on site. In that time we saw no objects that we recognized as aircraft debris, but we have volumes of sonar data and many hours of high-definition video to review before we'll know the results of this expedition definitively.

Granted, they did not have the time they expected on their expedition and conditions were less than ideal. That said, based on history, TIGHAR probably wouldn't have found anything anyway.

Right after Earhart's plane went down, a massive 17-day, $4 million search spanning 250,000 square miles took place. In 2010 dollars, that is a $60 million investigation.

What did they find? Like the mysteries of Unsolved Mysteries, they found even less than squat.

Amelia Earhardt finger bone

There have also been recent searches that were just as inconclusive as the original search.

In 2011, divers claimed that they found the plane. That was immediately debunked. In 2010, there were claims that a "finger bone fragment" was found. First off, it didn't belong to Earhart. Secondly, what the hell would we learn from a finger bone? That she was good at pointing?

If we find Earhart's Lockheed Electra now, what will we learn? Not too much. The first airplane black box was installed in 1953, so there will be no data for us to guess what really happened to Earhart. And no, I'm not actually suggesting that the black box would be useful or intact after 75 years under the ocean if it existed in the first place. It's the mootest of moot points.

Earhart's story is fairly romanticized because of the mystery surrounding the disappearance. If we find the plane, it will ruin the facet that has made her such an enigma for 75 years and will raise more questions. Was it pilot error, weather problems, navigational issues, or a mechanical failure? Those are questions that will still probably never be answered.

Instead, the plane, or, more likely, pieces of the plane, would be in the National Air and Space Museum with a plaque that can't tell us more about what happened.

Since Earhart is 115 years old today (that's older than me!), even if she, or her navigator Fred Noonan, did somehow survive the crash and established a treetop residence on a remote island somewhere in the South Pacific, it's HIGHLY unlikely that they'll be wandering out to regale us with the story of what happened.

The two people that know what happened are dead. If the plane or their bodies are found, we'd have more theories but even then there's no guarantee we'll get a definitive answer. That would be even more frustrating than the current situation.

As humans, we naturally desire closure. We have curiosities that we need filled. But sometimes we just need to accept that we may never know what actually happened. This is one of those times.

It's time to make investments that encourage the continuation of Earhart's pioneering spirit and advance the future of airborne recordmakers and stop investing literally millions of dollars in a past we benefit little from understanding. We should encourage other aviation adventures that Earhart might have undertaken today.

We could be encouraging adventurers to set new altitude, speed, and duration records instead of finding possible hairs of Earhart's that were really pieces of a coconut shell.

If historians want to keep hunting good for them, but the media attention spent on every new (usually misleading) development would be better spent getting excited about new accomplishments not old accidents.

Otherwise, the reality of Earhart's bravery risks being confused with the mystery of her disappearance.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Conspiracy; History; Miscellaneous; Society; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: ameliaearhart; aviation; earhart; frednoonan; lost; missing; mystery; rant; shouldusetaxdollars; southpacific; wrongturn

Well said! I think the chances of locating Bigfoot are much better than trying to find a lost 115 year-old pilot in the South Pacific who has been missing for 75 years.

1 posted on 07/24/2012 5:19:30 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

If someone wanted to spend their own dollars looking for the wreckage, then I’m fine with that just don’t use my tax dollars.


2 posted on 07/24/2012 5:23:16 PM PDT by bgill
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To: DogByte6RER

My guess is someone wants to make a new movie....Follow the money...


3 posted on 07/24/2012 5:24:35 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: DogByte6RER
"Aliens must have kidnapped him/her" should be the mandatory "closure" for any such incident after the 25-year mark passes. It makes about as much sense as diving in tens of thousands of feet of water to find an object so small in an area as enormous as the Pacific Ocean.
4 posted on 07/24/2012 5:25:38 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: DogByte6RER

5 posted on 07/24/2012 5:26:34 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Aside from the purely academic status boost you’d get from saying “I found her,” what possible value is there in locating the time-worn remains of a woman who failed to achieve a somewhat ridiculous goal in the first place?


6 posted on 07/24/2012 5:26:43 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: DogByte6RER

7 posted on 07/24/2012 5:27:02 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation

That must be engineers...


8 posted on 07/24/2012 5:31:17 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: DogByte6RER
It's not like there's an intensive search going on since the disappearance, is there?

Every few years a cable network looks into things like this in hopes of getting a show out of it.

Then we all forget about her until the next time. Doesn't bother me one way or the other.

Maybe we need somebody checking on those "Minor Outlying Islands" and making sure they're still there and haven't been invaded ...

9 posted on 07/24/2012 5:33:18 PM PDT by x
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To: DogByte6RER

The only mystery to me is why would a company name a line of luggage after someone that took off in an airplane and never arrived at her destination...


10 posted on 07/24/2012 5:33:23 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: ClearCase_guy

That veger chick was hot she died broke sad story let me find it


11 posted on 07/24/2012 5:34:08 PM PDT by al baby (¬ďIf Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn¬ít earn that. Somebody else made that happen.¬Ē)
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To: DogByte6RER

Well said! Two comments:

1/ There are old pilots, and bold pilots, but no old, bold [and, if I may add] inadequately prepared, minimally competent and ill-equipped pilots. Sadly, Earhart was pushed into this for financial reasons by George Putnam, her husband. Noonan was a drunk, fired from Pan Am. Earhart was too lazy or disinterested to learn Morse and didn’t even have a telegraph key on board.

2/ As for the boys at TIGHAR: “A foole and his monie be soone at debate, which after with sorrow repents him too late.” Thomas Tusser.


12 posted on 07/24/2012 5:34:25 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: bgill

You are correct. Somehow I got the impression this article author has ideas that even private money should be used for the advancement of humanity and not for what the owners of said cash want to do. If I’m right, this is another, “All money ultimately belongs to society and we will determine how it’s spent screed”.


13 posted on 07/24/2012 5:34:51 PM PDT by 1raider1
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To: EEGator

https://engineering.purdue.edu/dcsl/news/2011.html


14 posted on 07/24/2012 5:36:18 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation

Earhart Dining Court, my a$$.

Don’t get me (or my 747 Capt wife) started on how the 99s and other groups drool over her.


15 posted on 07/24/2012 5:37:02 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Plane lands or crashes in ocean—if plane breaks up—either way it sinks and will be difficult to locate. Sea water is solvent to the human body. There’s nothing left of them in the ocean if thats where they ended up — most likely scenario.


16 posted on 07/24/2012 5:37:36 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Alberta's Child; All
"Aliens must have kidnapped him/her"

That was a plot of an Star Trek Voyager episode called, The 37's. Earhart and others abducted in 1937 are found on a planet in the far off "Delta Quadrant" of the Milk Way Galaxy.

17 posted on 07/24/2012 3:53:19 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
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To: al baby

Persis Khambatta? She died of complications from open-heart surgery around 1997-98.


18 posted on 07/24/2012 3:54:12 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: nascarnation

Not just any engineers, but top notch engineers.


19 posted on 07/24/2012 3:57:53 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Hatteras
The only mystery to me is why would a company name a line of luggage after someone that took off in an airplane and never arrived at her destination...

Truth in advertising?

20 posted on 07/24/2012 3:58:04 PM PDT by madison10
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To: QBFimi

Emmy and Fred kicked in the auto pilot and played mile high club ... sumthin’ went wrong.


21 posted on 07/24/2012 3:58:25 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: DogByte6RER

It would be interesting to find out exactly what happened to them. I think the odds are high that they crashed or crash landed in the open ocean.

It seems like there should be enough clues to locate approximately where they went down. I know the navy vessel which had been trying to communicate with them, said their radio transmission became very clear and loud not long before they ceased getting anything.

Almost certainly they went down close to where the ship was tho they never saw the plane.


22 posted on 07/24/2012 3:58:25 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: DogByte6RER

Must admit though this is one of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs.

Amelia - Joni Mitchell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6d2RG2Rl64


23 posted on 07/24/2012 3:58:35 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: DogByte6RER

She is probably dead anyway....


24 posted on 07/24/2012 4:00:45 PM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: DogByte6RER

Heck, they’re still looking for Judge Crater..


25 posted on 07/24/2012 4:09:29 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three are a Congress".....John Adams)
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To: madison10

LOL! You owe me a keyboard - post o’ the day!


26 posted on 07/24/2012 4:18:42 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: MV=PY

Maybe Amelia had Zero’s birth certificate on her plane, and that’s what they’re REALLY looking for!


27 posted on 07/24/2012 4:40:51 PM PDT by Radagast the Fool ("Be Brave! Be Brave! Be Brave!" -"War Horse")
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To: QBFimi

Don’t understand your comment?
It’s pretty weak tea compared to the Armstrong Engineering Building.


28 posted on 07/24/2012 4:47:31 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: bgill
If someone wanted to spend their own dollars looking for the wreckage, then I’m fine with that just don’t use my tax dollars.

Right you are.

This complaint is just more Bloombergian nanny-statism, trying to tell us which mysteries we should care about and which we should leave alone.

Pardon me while I pour myself a big gulp and clean my glock!

29 posted on 07/24/2012 4:48:14 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.")
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To: newzjunkey

Scott Adams has an alternative explanation @ 37 seconds in:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsR4x4E-ys8


30 posted on 07/24/2012 4:48:25 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: DogByte6RER

The people trying to find it are after one thing; fame.


31 posted on 07/24/2012 4:55:10 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: DogByte6RER

The people trying to find her are after one thing; fame.


32 posted on 07/24/2012 4:55:30 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: Radagast the Fool

I doubt anyone is spending taxpayer dollars on that search. Ok with me! ;-)


33 posted on 07/24/2012 4:59:16 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: EEGator

No ... they’re cannibals! They ate her in the dining facility! : )


34 posted on 07/24/2012 5:36:16 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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This isn’t going into the GGG list, because this op-ed is just a pathetic plea for attention by a fan of $500,000 cars.

Unsolved Mysteries — Amelia Earhart Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6BMYNi5TR4

Unsolved Mysteries — Amelia Earhart Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnMaUhdKX-U


35 posted on 07/24/2012 5:42:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


36 posted on 07/24/2012 5:46:03 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
I wonder if they're related to these guys:
37 posted on 07/24/2012 5:59:25 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: nascarnation

>>Don’t understand your comment?

Well, I know that Purdue has the Earhart papers, but I think if they were going to name a building (or dining “court”) after a famous aviatrix, they could have picked a few who were more successful in their endeavors. Could the papers have come with a Putnam $$ grant? Don’t know; maybe that was the influence...

(I’m an ERAU grad, BTW)


38 posted on 07/24/2012 6:42:41 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: QBFimi

She was a prof @ Purdue and the university paid for her famous Lockheed Electra as a research project.

That’s most likely the reason.

What’s a Putnam grant?


39 posted on 07/24/2012 7:08:53 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: bgill
If someone wanted to spend their own dollars looking for the wreckage, then I’m fine with that just don’t use my tax dollars.

Unless tax dollars are being used, I fail to see why so many losers care how many times or how long anyone spends looking for bigfoot; or Earhart.

40 posted on 07/24/2012 7:46:49 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: DogByte6RER

I have read a couple of times that Earhart was not a particularly good pilot. Maybe not a bad one but her lack of skills may have had a part in what happened.

I remember Chuck Yeager said Jackie Cochran was a much better pilot than some of the other famous ones. Jackie was the first woman to break the sound barrier.

In fact Yeager considered her an outstanding pilot.


41 posted on 07/24/2012 8:47:05 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: DogByte6RER; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Didn't she join the Marx Brothers.


42 posted on 07/24/2012 8:53:16 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: DogByte6RER; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Or maybe she re-surfaced as D.B. Cooper. Neither one has reappeared.

"Ask yourself, is it 'Bull*** Or Not?'" < /Henry Silva >

43 posted on 07/24/2012 9:33:17 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: yarddog

I have read that too. However, I am still intrigued by Amelia’s mystery and have no objection for those who want to try to figure it out. If she did die on that small island atoll (whatever it was) after the crash, it surely must have been a horrifying thing. All alone, no hope in sight. Incredible heat. I saw a TV program about the search a few years ago.


44 posted on 07/25/2012 7:40:44 AM PDT by midnightcat
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