Monday, March 12, 2007

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR)'s Amelia Earhart archaeological (and other) research on Nikumaroro in the Phoenix Islands:

"As presently planned, the expedition team will depart Los Angeles on July 12 arriving at Nadi International Airport, Fiji on July 14.  Transferring to the nearby port of Lautoka, we’ll board Nai’a for the 1,000-mile, 5-day voyage to Nikumaroro.  Archaeological operations on Niku will focus on the Seven Site – the “castaways’ campsite” location we began excavating in 2001.  The goal there will be to determine whether objects or remains are present which reveal the identity of the castaway(s) who died there. On July 24 we’ll celebrate Amelia’s 110th  birthday at the very spot where she may have passed her 40th.  Further excavations in the abandoned village will look for more airplane parts in the same area where artifacts were found by the 2003 team which we suspect are “heat shields” from the Electra’s cabin."

"To help fund the 70th Anniversary expedition we are making five of the fifteen berths on the expedition available for Sponsor Team Members. But even if you can't afford to spend $50,000 for the experience of a lifetime (and a hefty tax deduction), there's still a lot you can do to help us make this expedition happen."


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