U.S. Legion of Merit Medal
"Time was not available during the 2010 expedition to apply the SeaBotix ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) technology to the McMoneagle hypothesis, but if and when TIGHAR gets back to the island for more deep-water searching, I hope such a test will be included in the research plan." Tom King - Senior Archaeologist - the TIGHAR Group.
It was - during the 2012 expedition (shown below right)
It fell right into our lap. The fuselage's underwater ridge refered to actually sitss in 650 feet of water from 1300 to 1400 feet off the Southeast end. The ridge that stopped the plane's under-water descent turned up exactly where our 2010 book predicted (yellow arrow). This Nikumaroro ocean floor image was taken by PhDs at the Hawaii Underseas Research Laboratory (HURL) and was cut in half by the owner.
Our 1998 inquiry indicated the plane was in the southeastern waters. This was challenged until 2012 when PhD's at the U. of Hawaii proved an underwater ridge existed off the Atoll's Southeast end whose location was predicted. But TIGHAR suppressed this picture's use with a little used contract technicality.
So, did they go look in 2015?
This Catamaran type vessel is called the Fuji Princess. As the tourist ship, it was located on the south side of Nikumaroro Island. It had every opportunity to troll the area we have been referencing for years. The smaller research ship, the Nai'a, was over on the West end searching for evidence of Castaways.
This is the stern. The red circle shows where a magnetometer or Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) could have been stored. Such equipment could easily have dragged the area we have outlined while the focus was on the "research" ship. here to edit and add your own text.
This picture (left) provides an example of a standard, cheaply rentable, ocean floor metal scanner, aka Magnetometer. This could have been deployed above the underwater ridge (top graphic) to determine if any metal debris existed. The ship was there.
This is TIGHAR's 2015 research yacht the Nia'i (lower right) off Nikumaroro's west end. After all the equipment used by the U.S. Navy's deep sea contractor in 2012, it was amazing to see how small a boat could be used - unless it never was the focus of the effort. The Fuji Princess (top) was on the south side where our debris field map indicated.
If the debris field was discovered on the southeast end, (substantiate our book) there would have been silence. What makes the 2015 trip so different is:
1) A two ship strategy was set-up where neither was a supply ship;
2) Total silence upon return. In the previous ten trips, The TIGHAR Group generally sang out about debris fields and everything they had found. But in 2015, there was silence. Do they know something that is in the interest of Earhart mystery lovers?
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