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by Tom Maxwell
Fri May 05, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Yes RS I am always reviewing and attempting to find better sat images. The difficulty is that while most modern satellite images have the necessary resolution, the capture moment must have brilliant sunlight, sunlight at the correct angle such that the reflection is not targeted away from the lens,...
by Tom Maxwell
Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Yes, thanks RS. I got on the wrong track thinking it was a USAAF aircraft. Navy aircraft PBJ serial number ASN 351131. I am reluctant to talk to the Navy MIA people because, as you and I agree, it's most likely not the PBJ. Instead it might be the L10E and I don't want to raise the expectations of t...
by Tom Maxwell
Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Here is the expected flight path of the missing B25. Note that he path passes fairly close to Orona (Hull Island). I still can't get the file size down to something the site software accepts and still get any high resolution. ????
by Tom Maxwell
Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Does anyone know if a MACR # is posted on our site for a missing B25 from Canton to Tutatilia, Samoa in 44'-45? I see many 5th and 7th Pacific AF B25s on the list, but nothing about Canton? Am I wrong? Have I overlooked it? Exactly how does one inquire at Maxwell Air History Museum about MACRs?
by Tom Maxwell
Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Orona was previously called Hull Island. Once the island nation of Kiribati was formed (1979) the islands were renamed with native meaning. Canton became Kanton, Gardner became Nikumaroro, and Hull became Orona. More information is at http://www.aquariusradar.com/AmeliaEarhartsplane.html and http://...
by Tom Maxwell
Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

The planned 2017 expedition to Nikumaroro by TIGHAR may include the use of manned submersibles of the University of Hawaii HURL- Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory. Hurl has two operational MOVs- the PISCES IV and V machines. These are very expensive and the funding for such a trip is very distant ...
by Tom Maxwell
Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

The immediate future for investigation of the Orona-Saipan theory seems bleak. The TIGHAR research group has complete contractual control of the search for Amelia within the island nation which includes all of the Phoenix Islands. TIGHAR was informed of the plane in the lagoon at Orona in 2010 at th...
by Tom Maxwell
Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

I will try to attach a more clear image later. I'm having trouble with "file size too large. Maybe everything must be .jpg ?
by Tom Maxwell
Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

The attached file noted above.
by Tom Maxwell
Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

The Best of the Saipan Theory: the Saipan theory is a theory that will not go away. Primarily because of the statements of WWII USMC veterans who served on Saipan during the battle for liberation of the island. For someone to believe the crash and sink or the Nikumaroro theory, they must assume the ...
by Tom Maxwell
Thu Feb 18, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

The best of Nikumaroro: The research group TIGHAR are the primary supporters of the Nikumaroro idea. A great deal of volunteer money has funded several expeditions to Nikumaroro. The best ideas of Nikumaroro theory that can support the Orona idea are: the aircraft L10E had the necessary flight endur...
by Tom Maxwell
Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Yes, Orona is one of the Phoenix Islands and lies 90 miles east of Nikumaroro, the island frequently associated with the mystery. I agree spoerjm2. The forum members have a lot of information on the Amelia Earhart disappearance and all the different theories that attempt to explain what happened to ...
by Tom Maxwell
Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Yes, I am unable to find another suitable image at those sites. While lots of images with different dates are available at the Landsat site, none appear to have sufficient resolution to see close up. I am not sure if the photos don't have the necessary pixel resolution or the viewer zoom provided by...
by Tom Maxwell
Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

RS, Yes, several years ago- 2010- I emailed PIPA/NEAQ and PIPA/Kiribati with the location of the plane. Several more followed over the years as the trips by the NEA to the Phoenix Islands came along. Prior to 2012, the Kiribati/PIPA representative would reply to my e-mails. But after the TIGHAR and ...
by Tom Maxwell
Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 81
Views: 72890

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

One aspect of WW2 history that the Orona-Saipan theory addresses is the dramatic change in the Imperial Japanese Navy's strategy. Historians agree that Yamamoto and IJN leadership was under enormous pressure to abandon the decades old defensive posture of the IJN and move to a aggressive offensive p...