The History Channel is trying to prove that a photo from the U.S. National Archives is evidence that Amelia Earhart and her co-pilot Fred Noonan were in Japan after their mysterious disappearance.
The photo shows a woman with a similar haircut to Earhart sitting with her back turned on the dock with a man that looks like Noonan nearby.
“The hairline is the most distinctive characteristic,” said Kent Gibson, a facial recognition expert on the History Channel special. “It’s a very sharp receding hairline. The nose is very prominent.”
Aside from the photo, the two-hour special goes on to prove that Earhart survived the crash by examining plane parts found on the Marshall Islands to Earhart’s plane and include an eyewitness who claims to have seen Earhart and Noonan after the July 2, 1937 disappearance.
The photo is reported to have come from an American spying on the Japanese at the time but Japanese officials state their are no records of Earhart’s capture.
The show will feature former FBI Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry as he points towards a theory that Earhart crash-landed in the Marshall Islands and eventually died in Japanese custody on the island of Saipan. Given the mysterious circumstances around the crash many have tried to pin their own theories of what happened to Earhart, including a recent attempt to prove she survived as a castaway by using bone-sniffing dogs.
Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to fly around the globe.
The History Channel’s special will air on July 9.
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