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Internet Is Freaking Out About This Newly Discovered Photo That Shows Amelia Earhart Survived Her Crash
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Internet Is Freaking Out About This Newly Discovered Photo That Shows Amelia Earhart Survived Her Crash

The fate of famous aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of our time. But a newly discovered photograph might just hold the key to unlocking the truth about what really happened on the final leg of her attempt to become the world’s first female pilot to circumnavigate the globe.

80 years ago, while flying over the South Pacific on July 2nd 1937, the duo vanished while heading east from Papua New Guinea. In Earhart’s final radio communication, she noted that they were running low on gas, and this led people to believe that the pair most likely crashed into the sea. But former FBI official Shawn Henry believes that the picture below, unearthed by retired US Treasury Agent Les Kinney in 2012, proves that Earhart and Noonan actually landed safely but were then captured by the Japanese. This isn’t the first time that this theory has been put forward, but it is the first time that a photograph has emerged that seemingly supports such a claim.

“This absolutely changes history,” Henry told People Magazine. “I think we proved beyond a reasonable doubt that she survived her flight and was held prisoner by the Japanese on the island of Saipan, where she eventually died.”

Henry’s investigation has resulted in a documentary that will air on the History Channel on Sunday, July 9th, called Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence. Tune in to see for yourself if this ongoing mystery is about to be solved.

More info: History Channel (h/t: people)

The fate of aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of our time

Image credits: Brettman Archive

80 years ago, while flying over the South Pacific, the duo vanished while heading east from Papua New Guinea

Image credits: Brettman Archive

In Earhart’s final radio communication, she said they were running low on gas, which led people to believe they’d most likely crashed at sea

Image credits: New York Daily News Archive

But a formerly top secret photograph might just hold the key to unlocking the truth about what really happened

Image credits: U.S. National Archives

The picture shows what appears to be Earhart and Noonan in the Marshall Islands, which were then occupied by the Japanese

Image credits: U.S. National Archives

Experts believe the man’s nose and hairline match Noonan’s

Image credits: TODAY

The woman also appears to have the same iconic short hair as Earhart

Image credits: Universal History Archive

Furthermore, the picture shows a Japanese warship towing something that resembles Earhart’s plane

Image credits: Brettman Archive

Many people continue to believe that Earhart and Noonan were captured by the Japanese

Image credits: Getty Images

But this is the first time a photograph has emerged that seemingly supports such a claim

Image credits: Brettman Archive

Has the mystery of Earhart and Noonan finally been solved?

Image credits: Hulton Archive

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Victor Vakaras
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5 years ago

I read on another site that they also used digital enhancement to get a better look at the ship in the background. Elvis was aboard playing a song for some aliens.

Adogcalledkitty
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5 years ago

I don't believe it. You didn't mention which song he was playing.

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Shana
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5 years ago

2 people in the distance on an old picture... Yep must definitely be them. :P I admit the man's hairline does look similar. Don't think we'll ever fully find out what happened to them though

Teleri Nyfain
Community Member
5 years ago

So you think you know better than the experts cited in this trailer? Right. I don't know whether this definitively proves she survived & became a Japanese prisoner, but certainly the photo CAN'T be so easily dismissed. Sheesh

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Adogcalledkitty
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5 years ago

The woman's hair is only similar, and the man seems to be having a really good time. If they were captured by the Japanese, I don't think they would have been so happy. And anyway, it doesn't change history. They died. Either like this or like that, doesn't change the fact.

Barry Parker
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5 years ago

'Captured' for being random people is very different than captured for being soldiers or spies. They would have likely been treated well and escorted away by the military.

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Victor Vakaras
Community Member
5 years ago

I read on another site that they also used digital enhancement to get a better look at the ship in the background. Elvis was aboard playing a song for some aliens.

Adogcalledkitty
Community Member
5 years ago

I don't believe it. You didn't mention which song he was playing.

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Shana
Community Member
5 years ago

2 people in the distance on an old picture... Yep must definitely be them. :P I admit the man's hairline does look similar. Don't think we'll ever fully find out what happened to them though

Teleri Nyfain
Community Member
5 years ago

So you think you know better than the experts cited in this trailer? Right. I don't know whether this definitively proves she survived & became a Japanese prisoner, but certainly the photo CAN'T be so easily dismissed. Sheesh

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Adogcalledkitty
Community Member
5 years ago

The woman's hair is only similar, and the man seems to be having a really good time. If they were captured by the Japanese, I don't think they would have been so happy. And anyway, it doesn't change history. They died. Either like this or like that, doesn't change the fact.

Barry Parker
Community Member
5 years ago

'Captured' for being random people is very different than captured for being soldiers or spies. They would have likely been treated well and escorted away by the military.

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