The infamous Amelia Earhart is making news once again. Dana Trimmer, who launched a deep-sea exploration in 1999, is going at it again and this time with more punch and a bigger brawl.
Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared during their flight around the world. The last and final transmission before losing Earhart was to the U.S. Coast Guard ship, the Itasca, who was waiting to refuel the Lockheed Electra airplane. That fatal last transmission gave notice to the Itasca that they were running out of fuel. That very same transmission has given way for one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.
Many may remember the name Dana Trimmer as he is the four-time America’s Cup sailor that made the news many times over the past 30 years. Trimmer is a pilot as well, and he has taken on the efforts once again to find Earhart’s illusive plane. Trimmer has a unique, if not strange idea about the airplane, he believes it has already been found and nobody actually realizes it.
Trimmer has said that the most dangerous part of the flight was that from New Guinea to Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean. Howland Island is approximately halfway between Hawaii and Australia. The 4-time America’s Cup champion believes that Earhart crashed near Howland Island and not Gardner Island like so many in the past believed.
Trimmer’s campaign to raise $2 million dollars was a bit of a struggle but when he reached $1.96 million he entrusted the expedition to Williamson and Associates, a historic shipwreck search crew. Trimmer said he picked the particular company as it has a long standing history of working with the U.S. Navy and has done documentaries and historical fact finding mission for the Discovery Channel.
Through recent and new sonar data, several shapes have shown up under enlarged pixels images. With the advancements of sonar and photographic equipment, the hunt for Earhart’s Lockheed Electra may soon be in sight.
Trimmer’s team is departing from Samoa Island for a 40 day, on the sea adventure. The entire trip will be compiled into a documentary for television. Trimmer has noted that he has the best of wishes from the Earhart family. The family has told Trimmer that if the airplane is found then the rights to it belong to him.
Trimmer said that if the airplane is found, he will raise the funds to completely restore it and give it another resting place in the Smithsonian Institute for the entire world to see and remember.