World Dispatch

Amelia Earhart's disappearance was probably solved decades ago

But the History Channel can’t help itself.
World Dispatch

Amelia Earhart's disappearance was probably solved decades ago

But the History Channel can’t help itself.

On Wednesday, the internet was awash in stories of an old photo from the National Archives. It was identified, by researchers for the History Channel, as a “smoking gun” that proved what happened to Amelia Earhart. The undated photo shows a small group of people on a wharf. It’s captioned, “Marshall Islands.”

Probably not Amelia Earhart

Probably not Amelia Earhart

Its release coincides with a History Channel documentary, which suggests that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan didn’t crash into the ocean. Instead, the show suggests that they survived, and possibly became prisoners of the Japanese. This is not a new theory, and it’s only one of several explanations people have suggested over the years. Ric Gillespie, founder of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery has another, much older, explanation.

On today’s episode of The Outline World Dispatch, we hear from Gillespie about his research and why the photo is most likely not a groundbreaking development.

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