In 1991, a riveted sheet of aircraft aluminum was found on the atoll of Nikumaroro. Some believe it may be part of a Lockheed Model 10 Electra, the plane that disappeared with Amelia Earhart.
Although the riveted scrap was found nearly twenty-five years ago and speculated to be the key to Earhart’s mysterious disappearance from seventy-seven years ago, we may finally get proof.
“Last week’s announcement by the aircraft recovery group came after it was noticed that the 19-by-23-inch (48 by 58 centimeters) sheet of aluminum has a similar size and shape as a shiny patch that appears on the side of Earhart’s plane in a 1937 photograph from the Miami Herald. This retrofitted metal piece covered a custom window that appeared in earlier photographs of Earhart’s Lockheed Model 10 Electra.”
Sophisticated imaging technology may determine– through comparative analysis of the scrap’s specific rivet pattern and the rivets in the photo of the Electra, and other details– if the aluminum was once part of Earhart’s plane and prompt deeper exploration of Nikumaroro. While it looks as though the scrap is a promising lead, skeptics, archaeologists, and historians won’t be ready to close the book on this mystery until the rest of the Electra is recovered and DNA proof is obtained through human remains.
What do you think of the Nikumaroro find and the current hypothesis? Do you believe we’ve finally gotten closer to an answer on this age-old aviation mystery– all thanks to some very specific rivet holes?