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Mission Highlights


The story of Amelia Earhart and her disappearance over the South Pacific while piloting her Lockheed Electra 10E aircraft is one of the most intriguing and enduring mysteries of the last century. Seemingly vanishing into thin air during a celebrated round-the-world flight in 1937, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, believed they were near their charted position of Howland Island, but never arrived. More »

Deep Sea Snapshots

Photos captured by our AUV cameras reveal breathtaking clarity in shots taken 4,570 to 5,389 meters below the ocean’s surface… More »

Difficult Search

Locating the wreckage of Earhart’s Lockheed Electra is no easy task. More »


The Waitt Institute CATALYST 2 Mission assembled a diverse team of experts from multiple backgrounds and institutions to identify new search options for Amelia Earhart’s Electra.

To re-evaluate known information about the flight and re-think Earhart’s last flight leg from a pilot’s perspective, these experts used historical data More »