Hilary Clinton Searches For Amelia Earhart
The legend of Amelia Earhart and her disappearance in her Lockheed Electra while trying to fly around the world in 1937 has become infamous to generations of people. Every theory from mechanical failure to UFO’s has been thrown out there and yet no one has conclusively closed the case.
But US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton knows which theory she is backing.
Clinton is betting that The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) has the answer, especially as she is helping publicize an expedition by the group, which they are embarking on this year, one which hopes to close the door on the Earhart case forever.
TIGHAR believes that they will find the remains of Earhart’s crashed Electra near the group of islands called Kiribati. The expedition will be the subject of a documentary as well.
Hilary Clinton has always been a great fan of Amelia Earhart’s achievements since she was a child and wanted to reach out on the 75th anniversary of Earhart’s disappearance. Clinton recently discussed her admiration of Earhart at a press conference:
“[Amelia Earhart] embodied the spirit of an America coming of age and increasingly confident, ready to lead in a quite uncertain and dangerous world…
She gave people hope and she inspired them to dream bigger and bolder. When she took off on that historic journey, she carried the aspirations of our entire country with her.”
So Clinton naturally took a great interest when TIGHAR founder Ric Gillespie made his claim that a 1937 photo taken from the air by a British soldier shows what looks like the remains of a plane just off the shores of one of the Kiribati island group, which was known as Gardner Island when the photo was taken:
“It has all the components of the landing gear of a Lockheed Electra.”
Soon Gillespie will test that assumption with a film crew and submarines in tow to see if he has got it right. Gillespie feels certain he will find the rest of the wreckage of the missing aircraft.
However, secretary of state Clinton believes that whether Gillespie is right or not is only half of what is at stake, stating:
“Even if you do not find what you seek, there is great honor and possibility in the search itself.
So, like our lost heroine, you will all carry our hopes.”
And if Gillespie is indeed correct, the mystery of Amelia Earhart’s last flight could be solved forever, aided by one of the millions of young women she inspired through the decades since she took her final flight.
(Via Washington Post)