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Dynamic Aviation Helping Locate Amelia Earhart’s Aircraft

Dynamic Aviation is loaning a Beechcraft Model-18 as part of an effort to recreate Amelia Earhart’s communication link between an aircraft and a boat to simulate the last part of her fateful 1937 flight. This is in support of a Virginia-based aviation group’s work to locate Earhart’s aircraft.

What happened to Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan after they disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during her a flight in 1937 is one of aviation’s greatest mysteries.
Dynamic’s Beechcraft Model-18 will be used by Nauticos (a deep-ocean exploration group) and Collins Radio Engineers is a test just off Cape Charles, Va.

“What we’re going to do is simulate the actual flight into what would be Itasca and simulate the last part of her flight in 1937,” said Tom Vinson of Collins Radio Engineers.

The Beech-18 will be equipped with radio equipment and antennas to measure the signal strength of Earhart’s last transmission. This test is now possible with current technology, but the same type of radio equipment Earhart was using in the 1930s will be used in this test.

“It (the Beech-18) makes a perfect platform then for us to add on high-frequency antennas on it and direction-finding loop like she had on hers,” Vinson said.

A female voice similar to Earhart’s will also be played during the test. “Through the tests we can narrow down the band of how far was she for her last several transmissions,” Vinson said.

The group of volunteers hopes to use the data they collect from the tests off the coast of Virginia, to locate where they believe Earhart’s craft is and bring it back home.

“We would like to have it taken back to Hawaii and then Hawaii to California to finish her flight, to finish the Earhart flight,” Vinson said.