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Deep in the Pacific Ocean Amelia Earhart's plane is waiting to be discovered- now is your chance to join the expedition of a lifetime! Read more

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Deep in the Pacific Ocean Amelia Earhart's plane is waiting to be discovered- now is your chance to join the expedition of a lifetime!

About this project

Amelia and her Electra
Amelia and her Electra

There are so few mysteries left in our modern world.  The most captivating of these has to be the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Charismatic, talented and most of all courageous, she broke barriers and expectations every time she took to the skies.  When she disappeared in 1937 along with her navigator Capt. Fred Noonan, the world would wait and wonder- what really happened to them?  Many theories have persisted but the plane has yet to be found.

Now, in 2014, the time to find out the truth has arrived.

Equipped with a new exciting set of data, the team of Expedition Amelia is building confidence that the plane may be found and verified within the year.  Plans are being set and crew assembled for a high tech expedition into over 17,000 feet of the Pacific ocean.  This time though we're inviting as many people as we can to join the hunt with us, and we're making it possible through Kickstarter.  For less than $20, backers will be invited to invest in, and be a part of a special living documentary experience.

The project is to create a unique living documentary of our expedition to the depths of the Central Pacific.  As we prepare, launch and arrive at the target site, our backers will receive daily updates on the teams' progress.  Furthermore, you'll get a rare and inside close-up look at what it takes to search for objects below in up to 18,000 feet of water; with interviews of the project team and crew members, as well as opportunities to have your questions answered.  When our sonar scans come into the control room on board the Sarsen, we'll also be providing daily detailed analysis as to what we're seeing.

In addition to the daily progress updates from the expedition at sea, the documentary crew will also be presenting an inside look into Amelia's life as well as her navigator, bringing both into context to today's world.  With interviews from experts, pilots, and historians, it'll be a great opportunity to brush up on what made Amelia and her last flight so special.

Finally, once the team wraps up the search, the consolidated Expedition Amelia experience will be edited into a full documentary film.  All the footage, stories and media will come together showcasing the great journey that was completed. The film crew will screen the the film around the US, with a Question & Answer Panel made up of members of the expedition team, and an additional opportunity- to see some of the items collected from the trip.

What makes the Expedition Amelia team so confident?  It's the data! 

In a time when corporations are investing heavily in "big data," we've been additionally focused on securing the most precise look before heading out to sea.  Steadily over the years, with multiple expeditions in and around the vicinity of Howland Island, we've acquired a pretty good look at the ocean floor below. 

Consolidated scans of the areas outside of Howland Island.
Consolidated scans of the areas outside of Howland Island.

It's with these sonar images, flight plans from Amelia and Fred's itinerary, and re-evaluation of past sonar scans, that we were able to go back and identify a few high-value targets, confident they will lead to the wreckage of the plane. We just need your interest and financial support to get a closer look.

Howland Island is located in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,700 nautical miles southwest of Honolulu.  This tiny island is in the middle of nowhere and mobilizing top-of-the-line personnel and equipment takes a massive undertaking. 

The funds raised from our KS campaign will be used to charter and fuel the expedition ship, assemble and mobilize the team and crew, perform the sonar work,and create the documentary.  We're fortunate to be working closely with our key team partner, Williamson and Associates on the sonar capturing and analysis.  Their expertise and professionalism is second to none in the World, which when working on such an historically sensitive project as this is imperative.  We're also chartering the Sarsen, a ship capable of extended offshore explorations in the deepest of waters. 

The beautiful Sarsen
The beautiful Sarsen

All this is to say that indeed, this project is looking for an astronomical amount of money to be crowd funded, but with this much history at stake it's better to do it right. We believe we have the data, the courage and the inspiration to make this expedition voyage possible- now we need your help to fund it all. Furthermore, who wouldn't want to be a part of the expedition that looks to write the final chapter of the Amelia mystery in to the history books?  Help us by funding, then come along on this expedition in search of Amelia's Lockheed Electra airplane.

You can also read more, including our bi-weekly blog at ExpeditionAmelia.com

Risks and challenges

The risks to the project are numerous. When you operate complex sonar and photographic equipment in 17,000 feet of water in one of the most remote parts of the world, you have to be on top of your game. That's why I use Williamson & Associates for the sonar operations. Williamson has a long history of success in deep ocean surveys, including the discovery of the, "Central America", a California Gold Rush wreck in 1989.

Our ship the Sarsen, is a more than capable vessel required for such an operation, and we will have a great film team on-board as well. To cap it all, most of my working life I have been deeply involved with the sea and the experience of flight. Managing complex projects is what I do- the team excelled on our first expedition, and I expect that we will experience the same level of excellence on this up-coming expedition.

Is one of our targets Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra? There is a quiet level of confidence among our team to suggest that the answer is yes. However, until we have the high resolution sonar imagery from this expedition we won't know for sure.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!
    Get access to exclusive project updates as we are filming at sea. Watch history unfold while it happens! $5 level limited to the first 500 backers as a special thanks.

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    POSTCARD: Postcard from the Expedition, with our Logo of Amelia, stamped in Samoa (our mobilization Port). With a sincere thank you from the team for making this project come to life.

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    DIGITAL ACCESS (live video-feed):
    Get updates as it's happening. Access to exclusive project media (the living documentary) from the middle of the Pacific. Explore with us as we watch history unfold!

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    Be A Part of History! // DVD PACKAGE:
    Collectors edition of the documentary (DVD). Of course you'll also get the live video-feed updates at sea but you'll also get your name in the permanent historical record book that will travel with the recovered aircraft and will ultimately be donated to the Smithsonian Museum. A Great gift for family and friends - This is your chance to be a part of History! (One name per pledge).

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    FIRST DAY ENVELOPES:
    First day cover envelopes post marked Samoa (our search mobilization Port), printed with the Expedition Amelia Logo. (Please note, all collector sets from this level up come in custom collector's box). And yes, includes all the above as well: Collectors edition of documentary film, live video-feed updates while we are filming at sea, and your name in the permanent historical record book.

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    CRUSHED CUP:
    Sounds crazy, but in the ocean's depths the pressure does some pretty wild things to Styrofoam. At this donation level we'll put a personalized message on a cup for you and send it down below to "Davy Jones Locker" , compressing it proportionally into a very unique collector's item. Plus the live video-feed updates while we are filming at sea, first day cover envelopes, collectors edition of the DVD and your name in the historical record book.

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    SCREENING (MIAMI): Join us, (includes two tickets) for a screening of the documentary out in sunny Miami, FL (flight and lodging not included). Plus the live video-feed updates while we are filming at sea, first day cover envelopes, collectors edition of the DVD and your name in the historical record book.

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    SCREENING (CHICAGO): Join us, (includes 2 tickets) for a screening of the documentary out in windy Chicago, Il (flight and lodging not included). Plus the live video-feed updates while we are filming at sea, first day cover envelopes, collectors edition of the DVD and your name in the historical record book.

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    WORLD PREMIERE! Join us, (includes two tickets) for the Team's world premiere of the documentary out in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA (flight and lodging not included). Meet the team, take part in an in-person Q&A session, and see some of the items from the expedition. Plus the live video-feed updates while we are filming at sea, first day cover envelopes, collectors edition of the DVD and your name in the historical record book.

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    COLLECTOR BOX SET: Live Feed from the Expedition - two tickets to the movie showing of your choice, (travel and hotel not included) -First Day cover, Your name in the Historic record book, DVD and ONE OF THE CAMERAS USED TO FILM THE DOCUMENTARY, CERTIFIED TO AT LEAST 17,000 FEET. Engraved and Numbered. All of this in a custom box made for the Expedition.

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Funding period

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