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Amelia Earhart Panel Discussion

September 28, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Kayle, a staff member at the Institute for Canine Forensics, “alerts” on a spot where she senses human decomposition products, on this year’s National Geographic Society sponsored Nikumaroro expedition.

On September 28, 2017, the National Geographic Society is sponsoring a panel discussion of the major hypotheses put forward to account for the 1937 disappearance of aviation pioneers Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. The ECWG’s Tom King FN02  will lay out the evidence for “the Nikumaroro Hypothesis” – which he, ECWG Chair Lonnie Schorer MN98, and their colleagues in The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) have been studying for the last 28 years. According to the TIGHAR hypothesis, Earhart and Noonan landed safely on Nikumaroro in the Phoenix Islands and survived there for a time, but eventually succumbed. King will be joined by David Jordan of Nauticos, who will discuss the hypothesis that Earhart and Noonan crashed and were lost at sea, and by former federal agent Les Kenney, whose investigation of reports that the aviators were captured by the Japanese military was featured in a recent History Channel presentation.

The panel is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm and end at 9:00; it will be moderated by Dr. Aurora Elmore, National Geographic’s Senior Program Officer for oceans, and will be held in the Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium at National Geographic Headquarters, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington DC. Tickets are $25 apiece ($22.50 for NG Society members) and may be purchased at:



September 28, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm