Nearly 80 years the fate of Amelia Earhart stays a puzzle.
But thanks to some recent discovery, viewers are now able to see her preparing for that final excursion — in movie footage that was lost since 1937.
The footage will be released with a new ebook, “Amelia Earhart’s Last Picture Shoot,” with text by Nicole Swinford.
Swinford considers the footage was shot at Burbank Airport (now Bob Hope Airport) in May 1937, though others consider the footage dates from March 1937.
Photographer Albert Bresnik was to shoot pictures of Earhart preparing for the around the world flight. The shot of the movie footage stays unknown. Bresnik’s nephew, John Bresnik, who’d inherited it from his dad, Bresnik’s brother chanced upon the movie.
The footage and pictures reveal your own side to Earhart frequently overshadowed by her public image no matter when the movie was shot.
In the film, Earhart is seen posing for pictures, scaling in the cockpit of her Lockheed Electra L-10E and walking on the tarmac. Additionally observable: Earhart’s husband, George Putnam, and her navigator, Fred Noonan.
Earhart and Noonan left from Oakland for his or her journey a few days after. The pair, as well as two others, had tried the around the world excursion from Burbank in March, when their airplane had a collision in Hawaii but had to abandon the effort.
Swinford notes that changes to the airplane since the March effort may have hindered Earhart’s skill to convey. A trailing antenna was removed, she writes, and “could well have been the difference between success and failure for (the) last leg of the flight — the flight to Howland Island.”
With no antenna, the airplane’s signal was’t operators at Howland may have had a harder time picking up her place, and as powerful, she writes.
From Oakland, Noonan and Earhart flew back to Burbank, subsequently across America with stops in Miami and Arizona, New Orleans. After more than 20,000 miles, the, on July 2, 1937 pair departed New Guinea for Howland Island. It was never made by them.
Earhart pictures are ’sed by Albert After she vanished and all his negatives were stored away ” writes Swinford, for five decades.