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Answer to Earhart Disappearance 78 Years Ago May Hinge on Parker Lab Tests

Answer to Earhart Disappearance 78 Years Ago May Hinge on Parker Lab Tests  - Image on beach for Parker Expedition - Parker AerospaceFor 78 years, the disappearance of American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart has remained a mystery. But an ongoing analysis of recently found aircraft wreckage by a specialty lab team from Parker Hannifin Corporation may finally prove where she and her co-pilot disappeared. The investigation highlights one of many ways that Parker Hannifin solves the world’s greatest engineering challenges.

 

Parker sponsors Amelia Research, Inc. expedition in the Marshall Islands

In late January, an expedition to the central Pacific Ocean’s Marshall Islands, sponsored by Parker, uncovered several aluminum parts of airplane wreckage on Endrikin Island, one of 92 islands along Mili Atoll. Jon Jeffery, director of Parker Aerospace technology and business development and an expedition member, and his team of laboratory specialists are examining the wreckage parts.

Answer to Earhart Disappearance 78 Years Ago May Hinge on Parker Lab Tests - Amelia Research Expedition team photo - sponsored by Parker Hannifin and Parker Aerospace

Members of Amelia Research, Inc. expedition team searched for and recovered aluminum parts of an airplane wreckage on Endrikin Island, one of 92 islands along Mili Atoll.

 

Treasures found

The team is analyzing the parts to determine if the metal and paint composition is consistent with the known materials shipped during the period of the Earhart flight. Specifically, the parts found in an area 75 by 300 feet, included two small aluminum plates, one with some red paint, which was the color of Earhart’s Lockheed Electra 10E plane.  The team also found a piece of aluminum trim that appears to have come from the wheel well. 

Answer to Earhart Disappearance 78 Years Ago May Hinge on Parker Lab Tests  - Some of the artifacts found by the Amelia Research, Inc. expedition team on Endrikin Island in the Marshall Islands.

Some of the artifacts found by the Amelia Research, Inc. expedition team on Endrikin Island in the Marshall Islands. The parts are now being analyzed to determine if they are consistent with known materials manufactured during the period of the Earhart flight.

 

“Obviously, this was an exhilarating expedition and the analysis that we’re doing now is proving to be just as enlightening. It’s exciting and important work that underscores Parker’s passion for tackling engineering challenges and solving them.” Jon Jeffery, director of Parker Aerospace technology and business development and expedition member

 

Parker engineers continue to invest in transformative technologies for the airline industry and other motion-related industrial technologies.  Among other breakthroughs, Parker Aerospace has developed an adaptable flight control system that reduces weight and cost. 

Jeffery says the investigation into the found aircraft parts, taking place in a Parker Aerospace laboratory, should be completed in late summer. After that, officials of the nonprofit Amelia Research, Inc. and others will weigh the findings and determine if they can close the unsolved case file on what happened to the famed aviator.

Parker’s Jon Jeffery shakes hands with Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak after obtaining permission to take the artifacts found on the expedition to the United States for testing and analysis.

 

Parker Aerospace Jon Jeffery - Director of Technology and Business Development  This article contributed by Jon Jeffery, Director of Technology and Business Development, Parker Aerospace.

 

 

 

 

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