If Amelia Earhart were alive, she’d be pushing 120. If her eyesight held, she’d be saying of a newly discovered photo: “Hey, that’s not my good side!”
No matter the angle, History Channel stands to make a mint off its upcoming show “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence,” airing Sunday.
It makes the case that the famed aviator, with navigator Fred Noonan, didn’t die in a 1937 Pacific crash — that they were alive long enough for a spy photo taken on a Marshall Islands dock.
History.com summarizes the story:
“On July 2, 1937, near the end of her pioneering flight around the world, Amelia Earhart vanished somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Most experts, including the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, believe Earhart likely ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific Ocean. But no trace of the aviator, navigator Fred Noonan or her twin-engine Lockheed Electra airplane were ever found, confounding historians and fueling conspiracy theories ever since.
“Now, new evidence has surfaced in U.S. government archives suggesting Earhart might not have crashed into the Pacific at all, but crash-landed in the Marshall Islands, was captured by the Japanese military and died while being held prisoner on the island of Saipan.”
Still floating around is the theory that Earhart was a U.S. spy who was returned after World War II and spent the rest of her life under an assumed identity. To what end, who knows?
What’s known for sure is that the Southland played a pivotal role in Earhart’s flying career. A 1913 visit to a Long Beach air show did the trick.
Getting credit for the big reveal is former federal agent Les Kinney, who found the picture in the National Archives — filed not under Earhart but the Marshall Islands.
To some, this was evidence of a U.S. cover-up. Others had fun with the shot, placing Gov. Chris Christie in it.
Dear God! Look closer at that alleged Amelia Earhart photo! pic.twitter.com/0UWRIIP3ne
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) July 5, 2017
A look back at Amelia Earhart’s greatest accomplishments pic.twitter.com/CovF4B3LQn
— TODAY Graphics (@TODAYGraphics) July 5, 2017
Photo may prove Amelia Earhart SURVIVED crash landing but was captured by Japanese forces https://t.co/lci5yxtkje
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) July 5, 2017