New Amelia Earhart footage was discovered after being hidden away for almost 80 years. The final resting place of Amelia Earhart is still one of America’s biggest mysteries and all things Amelia Earhart still entices the masses today.
So now that new footage of the famous female aviator is discovered, people want to take a gander at these new images. The film has been hidden away until it was left to a man after his father had died. The father inherited the film from his late brother, photographer Albert Bresnik, who was at the airfield that day when Amelia was getting ready to start her first trip around the world, according to CNN News on June 9.
The film was taken at Burbank Airport, which is Bob Hope Airport today. It is not known who took the film, but Bresnik, who was there that day taking photos of Earhart, had it in his possession when he died. The film is being released in tandem with a new e-book, “Amelia Earhart’s Last Photo Shoot,” with text by Nicole Swinford, according to KTLA 5 News.
The footage of Earhart at the Burbank Airport is from 1937. Swinford believes it was taken in May of that year, but others are dating the new found footage from March of 1937. The discrepancy of a few months makes absolutely no difference, it is what the film contains that is of major historic interest.
This film shows a lighter side to Earhart, along with her husband and her aviator Fred Noonan who was with Earhart when her final ill-fated flight went down. The film is a bit different from many of the other public images of Earhart, as what the public saw often overshadowed the real lady behind the cockpit.
This clip is right before Earhart’s first attempt at an around the world flight with Noonan and two others. That voyage came to an abrupt end in Hawaii when they had an accident with the plane. Swinford notes in her e-book that “changes to the plane since the March attempt may have hindered Earhart’s ability to communicate. A trailing antenna had been removed and could very well have been the difference between success and failure for (the) last leg of the flight — the flight to Howland Island.”
The fate of Amelia Earhart is not known for sure, but a patch that that appears to be the one that was put on her plane during a stop in Florida was found on Nikumaroro Island. This, along with artifacts from that day and age that were known items carried in her plane, suggest she may have landed on the remote island and lived for some time before dying.
At first the piece of aluminum was thought to possibly be an original piece of her plane, but the rivet pattern didn’t match. When a picture from the Miami Herald surfaced about two years ago it showed a patch that was put on after Earhart embarked on the flight. It was put on Earhart’s plane when she stopped in Miami. It patched up a window that was damaged during their landing in that airport. Now new interest was sparked.
This photo now gave researchers something else to compare that patch to. The aluminum patch found on the island didn’t have the exact rivet pattern as the plane, which was found after comparing it to other planes made during that era. But…they couldn’t say if the rivet pattern of this patch matched the rivet pattern of the patch in the picture. The picture was just not clear enough. This once again opened up the possibility that this patch may have come from Earhart’s plane.