Amelia Earhart

OK, some people appear to be incapable of recognizing the obvious: Amelia Earhart didn’t fly to Gardner Island (now Nikumaroro) or fly back to New Guinea or on to San Diego, and she wasn’t on some ‘spy mission,’ and she wasn’t captured by the Japanese. She and Fred Noonan went in the water very near Howland Island. Nobody saw them after they left New Guinea except maybe hungry fish, simple fact. If you don’t believe that, you either don’t know all the facts, or you’re one of those conspiracy morons with a tinfoil helmet. Or both.

Now, for your convenience, I’ve listed your objections:

But they found the sole of a woman’s shoe on Nikumaroro!”

There’s the sole of a woman’s shoe in my back yard. There are soles from women’s shoes in literally millions of places on the globe. That doesn’t mean AE crashed in those millions of places. Why would this one shoe sole be AE’s?

They found a man’s shoe, too, and an empty skin cream jar!”

People have been landing on Nikumaroro since the mid-1800s. Multiple ships have visited what was then Gardner Island since it was first recorded in the west in 1824. There’s even a big wrecked ship on Nikumaroro, one that ran on the island in 1929. That doesn’t prove Earhart was on that ship, does it?

The bones from the island have been lost, but the expert said they matched AE’s clothing and must, to the exclusion of all others, be AE’s bones.”

Bones that aren’t available and old clothes ‘prove’ something that even fingerprints don’t always prove? That ‘expert’ is obviously a moron. If that were possible, why would we use fingerprints and DNA instead of bone/clothes measurements. Sheer nonsense.

But the little girl in Canada heard AE on her radio!”

No she didn’t. She was a girl with some mental problems. Shortwave listening was very popular from the 1920s to the early 1970s, and many people around the world were listening on AE’s frequencies. The little girl in Canada was the ONLY person who reported hearing it. And the little girl reported hearing it on a frequency AE would not have been transmitting on. And AE’s radio would not work unless the right engine was running. But she was out of fuel. And there was nowhere to land on Gardner (Nikumaroro), so the plane would have landed in the water—which means the engine could not run. The girl in Canada made the story up.

But the little girl in Canada heard stuff specific to AE!”

The little girl claimed she heard “suitcases in the closet”—the TIGHAR people made a big deal of this. Do YOU have suitcases in a closet? I sure do. Even if she heard it, which she didn’t, half of the people in the USA have suitcases in a closet.

What about the picture of AE and Noonan on Jaluit after they landed? With AE’s plane on a barge visible in the harbor! You can’t fake evidence like that! You can SEE them!”

That photo was published in a book TWO YEARS before AE and Noonan went down. So it couldn’t have been AE and Noonan at all. Which shows how good ‘photo evidence’ is, and that’s still vastly better than the nonexistent CREDIBLE eyewitness accounts. Because there ARE no credible eyewitness accounts.

People on Saipan said AE and Noonan were jailed there, they saw them!”

There are also people who saw Elvis Presley in a Burger King in Indiana; there are people who have seen space aliens and bigfoots and unicorns. Seeing things doesn’t mean they are true. Especially when an author is eager to pry predetermined stories out of old people on a tiny island who don’t speak English.

But soldiers said they saw AE’s plane on Saipan being destroyed!”

Some soldiers may have seen a plane, no doubt about it. But from 50 yards away, in a hangar, could you tell the difference between the Ki-21, or Ki-46, or Ki-56, and Earhart’s plane? The pacific was full of Japanese twin-engine planes, Japan had over a dozen different models similar to AE’s Lockheed.

If you’re so darned smart, how do you know AE went in the water near Howland Island?”

Because her radio signals had been getting stronger over time. Her last transmission, in which she said she was nearly out of fuel, was so strong that the radiomen on the Itasca stepped out of the radio shack to look for her plane—they thought she must be in sight. Anyone with radio experience knows what that means: She was very near Howland when she went down.

So what went wrong with that flight?”

AE wasn’t prepared and made some really stupid mistakes: 1.) she never got the radio schedule times arranged; 2.) she left her Morse key at Lae, so the ship couldn’t home on her; 3.) she didn’t bother to learn how to use the direction-finder installed in her plane before the flight, so she couldn’t home on the ship; 4.) she also couldn’t use Morse code, which used to be required for a pilot’s license; 5.) because of that, she didn’t take the long trailing wire antenna that would have let others hear her on 500kHz, the international emergency frequency; 6.) she never established WHAT time to use for radio schedules—the Itasca was on one time zone, the plane was on another. AE never exchanged communications with the ship—she just talked into space, hoping the ship heard.

These mistakes were dumb, avoidable, and fatal. Noonan could only get them to within a certain range of the island—after that, they needed either radio direction finding, or reliable radio communications, or both. AE simply ignored the radio aspects of it, and because she didn’t prepare, she became Purina Shark Chow.

Gosh, you’re smart. How can I learn about the AE disappearance?”

Buy the only good book on AE’s flight in the last 20 years: Elgen Long’s AE: the mystery solved. Elgen is an old-time radio operator and skilled over-water pilot and navigator—from the old sextant-and-charts days, like Noonan used. Elgen knows what happened and why, and he explains it very clearly in his book.

If you are boneheaded enough to disagree with any of this, feel free to email me. I’ll either ignore it or respond with cruel insults, depending on my mood and how stupid your arguments are.  ken@kuzenski.org