Ballard to Search For Lost Amelia Earhart Electra

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  1. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

  2. Mike B in SC

    Mike B in SC Well-Known Member

    TIGHAR has been searching for a while but they don't have the money, resources or experience of Ballard. I hope he finds the plane.
     
  3. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    I wish I could link the entire New York Times article from yesterday. (I get it delivered every morning so I read it yesterday). It describes how deep the drop off is and the rugged topography on bottom. If he had not seen the report for the classified enhancement of the picture I posted, Ballard would not be searching because the search area is too great. National intelligence sources identified the object as consistent with a model 10 Lockheed Electra’s landing gear. Look for the upside down gear sticking out of the water on the left of picture above.
     
  4. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

  5. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

    At the end of the article it says the results of the search will be aired on Oct. 20th. Ballard apparently has some good intel in his back pocket for the show to be aired that soon.
     
  6. dynaflow

    dynaflow shiftless...

    ...I've wondered when Ballard would tackle this project. Maybe...
     
  7. John Codman

    John Codman Platinum Level Contributor

    He is probably the best at this sort of thing. I wish him luck.
     
  8. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Ballard did a similar TV airing with his discovery of ancient Black Sea ships. I suspect this helps to fund his search.
     
  9. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Need directions to BANNED camp

  10. Mike B in SC

    Mike B in SC Well-Known Member

    There is a coral reef exposed at low tide that is wide enough to land on...
     
  11. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    With that tide there appears to be plenty of beach. Lots of private airports are not that wide when viewed from altitude. One big risk is the landing gear tripping the plane on landing. There is the same risk for landing on the reef or in shallow water. The plane could end upside down with the landing gear extended which is consistent with what is shown. Pilots would call this an unsuccessful off airport landing.
     
  12. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

  13. bw1339

    bw1339 Well-Known Member

    That part of the Pacific sea floor being littered with thousands of airplane wrecks of that era is not going to help.
     
  14. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Need directions to BANNED camp

    This map shows the position of KNOWN shipwrecks from WWII alone (as of 2004). Not including WWI and other battles. The number of known WWII sites is approximately 7900. A ship is going to be easier to find that a Lockheed Electra. Now the concern is decaying ships ready to bust loose with 20 BILLION gallons of petroleum stuff. We are all doomed...ws

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/43858172/...hipwrecks-pose-oil-spill-threat/#.XVW1O-hKiUk

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  15. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

    Cool map Bill. I would not have expected so many shipwrecks along the South American coastline. Must have had something to do with Venezuelan oil.
     
  16. 2manybuicks

    2manybuicks Platinum Level Contributor

    She drove an electra?
     
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  17. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Need directions to BANNED camp

    That and U-Boats. Even the Cape of Good Hope and the Ivory Coast were shipping pinch points making for easy prey... Look at the Gulf of Mexico , Florida and Cape Hatteras NC as well. ws
     
  18. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Ballard knows position of the then uninhabited island and the last known position of the landing gear for Lockheed Electra on the perimeter of the island. Presumably it was still attached to the airplane or it would not be sticking up like shown in the old picture. Otherwise, he likely would not engaging in this search.

    Ballard departed on August 7. He must be there by now.
     
  19. Mike B in SC

    Mike B in SC Well-Known Member

    Ballard will actually be searching a small area just around Nikumaroro Island. Very few planes, if any, should be in this area.
     
  20. bw1339

    bw1339 Well-Known Member

    The ocean floor oozes far more petroleum every day into the ocean than all of mankind's spills put together. There is microscopic life that loves the stuff.
     

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