Almost 84 years after the couple’s disappearance, a long-lost letter was discovered describing Amelia Earhart and the adventure of her captain Fred J. Noonan around the globe.
The handwritten, 17-page letter is postmarked just eight days before the duo’s last radio call from somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.
Mailed from the Grand Hotel in Indonesia on June 23, 1937, it details the dates, locations, and weather challenges Earhart and Noonan faced along the fateful flight route.
The letter is one of four discovered by the San Diego-based Hunter person whose mother found them curled up in her father’s desk 40 years ago.
Person’s grandfather was a close friend of Noonan’s and the two had exchanged letters for years and even until the captain disappeared.
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The handwritten, 17-page letter is postmarked just eight days before the duo’s last radio call from somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. It was shipped from the Grand Hotel in Indonesia on June 23, 1937
Earhart took to the skies on June 1, 1937 to become the first female aviator to circumnavigate the world.
She and her navigator Noonan left Oakland, California, then flew to Miami, down to South America, over to Africa, and then east to India and South Asia.
A few weeks later they left Lae, Papua New Guinea, planning to stop on Howland on July 2, 1937 to refuel.
Earhart and Noonan eventually lost radio contact and were never heard or seen again.
It includes specific details about dates, locations, and weather challenges that Earhart and Noonan faced along the fateful flight route
Pictured are Amelia Earhart (left) and Captain Fred Noonan (right) on June 11, 1937. It was 10 days in their adventure when the couple stopped in the hangar of Parnamerim Airfield, Natal, Brazil.
The long-lost letters are postmarked from 1935 to 1937 and could contain missing references to what happened after Earhart and Noonan left Papua New Guinea.
“It’s an exciting letter. You know, like I said, it tells the whole trip, and the last postmark was from Bandung, Java, ”Person told KSWB.
The letter is one of four that Hunter Person spotted in San Diego, whose mother found her curled up in her father’s desk 40 years ago
“It describes, you know, the flight in a way that no one has ever read before.
“And they were handwritten by Captain Fred J. Noonan, Amelia Earhart’s navigator, who was with her on the tragic flight.”
The person’s mother, Beverly, told her father that Noonan had corresponded since she was 15 and some of the letters were addressed to her as well.
Experts are amazed at the letter, as it is the last complete report of the travel days before the pilots disappeared and could give an indication of where the plane may have rested all these years.
The mystery of Earhart’s disappearance also spawned a number of theories – from the crash to landing on an island outside of Howland or being taken hostage by the Japanese.
The person’s mother, Beverly, told her father and Noonan had corresponded since she was only 15 years old and some of the letters were also addressed to her (pictured)
The mystery of their disappearance has spawned a number of theories – from the crash, to the landing, to castaways on an island outside Howland, to the hostage-taking by the Japanese
While no one has confirmed what really happened, many have taken up the challenge of solving the puzzle, most recently scientists from Penn State University.
In February, the team announced it was using a nuclear reactor to analyze a metal stain found on a small Pacific island in 1991 to see if the piece belonged to Earhart’s Lockheed Model 10-E Electra.
The patch was received from Richard Gillespie, who heads the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has focused on Earhart’s disappearance since 1988.
Experts are amazed at the letter, as it is the last complete report of the travel days before the pilots disappeared and could give an indication of where the plane may have rested all these years. Pictured is “Amelia Earhart”
While no one has confirmed what really happened, many have taken up the challenge of solving the puzzle, most recently scientists from Penn State University. The team announced it was using a nuclear reactor to analyze a metal speck found on a small Pacific island in 1991 to see if the piece belonged to Earhart’s Lockheed Model 10-E Electra airplane
Gillespie found the metal plate in storm debris on Nikumaroro, a Pacific island about 300 miles from Earhart’s intended destination, Howland Island.
Using a nuclear reactor, the team was able to send powerful rays through the pavement to reveal particles of paint or eroded etchings that might not be seen with the naked eye.
The group will publish its results later this year.
WHAT THEORY ARE THE LAST DAYS OF AMELIA EARHART?
Theory 1: Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan crash into the Pacific a few miles from their intended destination due to visibility and gas problems and die instantly.
Theory 2: Earhart and Noonan break off on the island of Nikumaroro, where they later die from coconut crabs that search for food at night and grow up to three feet long. The name comes from their ability to open the hardened shells of coconuts.
Theory 3: Earhart and Noonan drift off course and land near Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands. They are rescued, but soon taken by the Japanese as prisoners of war and taken to a camp in Saipan. Noonan is beheaded and Earhart dies of malaria or dysentery in 1939.
Theory 4: Earhart and Noonan make it to Howland Island as planned and are eaten by cannibals.
Theory 5: Earhart was an American spy who was supposed to gather information about the Japanese before World War II.
Theory Six: Earhart and Noonan cannot locate Howland Island and set off on their “contingency plan”. After a ten hour drive back to where they came from, they crash in the jungle of East New Britain Island, now known as Papua New Guinea.
There are several conflicting theories about Earhart’s disappearance. The alleged details of Earhart’s last flight and where it is believed to have landed over the years are based on various theories