Long-Lost Archive Reveals Startling New Photograph Suggesting Amelia Earhart Survived Her Famous Journey

A photograph found in a long-forgotten file in the National Archives has got historians convinced that legendary aviator, Amelia Earhart, survived her round-the-world trip, instead of crashing on the Marshall Islands. The image supposedly depicts Ms. Earhart and a man who resembles her navigator, Mr. Fred Noonan.

The discovery of what is believed to be a photograph of Ms. Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Mr. Fred Noonan, has taken the world by storm as historians attempt to determine whether Ms. Earhart and Mr. Noonan survived their round-the-world journey and crash on the Marshall Islands. In a new documentary, “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence,” the photograph, along with other sources, has been scrutinized in order to determine whether this is the case.

Mr. Shawn Henry, an independent analyst, revealed that he ‘feels confident’ that the image found in the National Archives was not doctored and did, in fact, picture the famed pilot and her navigator: “When you pull out, and when you see the analysis that’s been done, I think it leaves no doubt to the viewers that that’s Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan.”

Ms. Earhart’s and Mr. Noonan’s were declared dead two years after their last contact on July 2, 1937. U.S. officials presumed the pair had crashed their aircraft somewhere in the Pacific after Ms. Earhart was attempting to become the first woman pilot to circumnavigate the world. Neither of their remains were ever recovered.

With the discovery of this image, however, investigators believe that Ms. Earhart and Mr. Noonan were blown incredibly off course during their journey, but managed to survive the ordeal and land on the Marshall Islands. Investigators, while unsure as to how the pair could have been blown so far off their original course, believe the image was taken by a U.S. spy who was observing Japanese military activity within the Pacific.

A retired government investigator known as Mr. Les Kinney revealed his theory behind the photograph after spending 15 years looking for clues that might reveal the true fate of Ms. Earhart. Mr. Kinney firmly assured investigators that the discovered photograph “clearly indicates that Earhart was captured by the Japanese.” Japanese authorities maintain that they have no record of Amelia Earhart being in their custody.

The photograph itself depicts a group of seven people, two of which are believed to be Ms. Earhart and Mr. Noonan. Believed to be taken in 1937, a short-haired woman - potentially Ms. Earhart - is pictured sitting on a dock. The woman suspected to be Ms. Earhart can be seen watching a Japanese ship, Koshu, towing a barge with an object which appears to be of similar shape and size to Ms. Earhart’s plane.

This image is in line with a decade-long story that has been repeated by local islanders, many of whom insist they saw Ms. Earhart’s plane crash in the Marshall Islands, before Ms. Earhart and Mr. Noonan were taken away. “We believe that the Koshu took her to Saipan, and that she died there under the custody of the Japanese,” Mr. Gary Tarpinian, the executive producer of the documentary, revealed. “We don’t know how she died,” Mr. Tarpinian continued. “We don’t know when.”

Source: NBC News
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