TIGHARThe International Group for Historic Airplane Recovery (aviation archaeological foundation)
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Twenty-five years of research and ten archaeological expeditions to the South Pacific have brought TIGHAR to the brink of conclusive proof of Earhart's fate.
Mellon's lawsuit alleges that a 2010 search in the waters around the Kiribati atoll of Nikumaroro, about 1,800 miles south of Hawaii, TIGHAR captured underwater images of the "wreckage of the (https://en.
According to TIGHAR, the 18-person research crew aims to locate, identify, and photograph any and all surviving aircraft wreckage that they believe may be in the deep waters surrounding Nikumaroro (formerly Gardner Island), an uninhabited coral atoll in the southwestern-Pacific Republic of Kiribati.
TIGHAR is working closely with Texas A&M University's conservation laboratory on the methods to be used to preserve the wreck after its removal.
Eventually, TIGHAR researchers gained access to British archives and discovered a detailed account of the finding of a human skeleton on Gardner Island.
The search for answers in the Earhart mystery has been a decades-long passion for all the members of TIGHAR," said Richard Gillespie, TIGHAR Executive Director & Expedition Leader.
TIGHAR has released sonar photos captured off Nikumaroro that show a straight, unbroken feature, which is uncannily consistent with the fuselage of a Lockheed Electra that Earhart was flying.
We had, of course, hoped to see large pieces of aircraft wreckage, but as soon as we saw the severe underwater environment at Nikumaroro, we knew that we would be looking for debris from an airplane that had been torn to pieces 75 years ago," Ric Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR, told (http://news.
With sensitive, high-value equipment of all shapes, sizes and weights moving to Honolulu, a number of FedEx operating companies were called on to create a seamless end-to-end delivery solution for TIGHAR that involves movements by air, ground, and sea.
NYSE: FDX) is supporting the search for answers with the transportation of underwater investigative equipment set for use by TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) in its upcoming Earhart Project expedition.
The sonar image, according to TIGHAR researchers, shows a strong return from a narrow object roughly 22 feet long oriented southwest/northeast on the slope near the base of an underwater cliff.
In the debris field there appears to be the fender, possibly the wheel and possibly some portions of the strut," Ric Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR, told Discovery News.