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Ep 112: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse Part 2

 
 
 

"The seas around Scotland and the Scottish coastline itself have never been a place for the faint-hearted mariner." – Author Keith McCloskey

 
 
 

Location:

The lighthouse on Eilean Mòr, near the highest point in the Flannan Isles in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland.  More pictures of the lighthouse can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/flannan  

 

Background:

Many people enjoy a good mystery.  However, mysteries often leave us slightly disturbed and unsettled, because we're also always searching for answers and when we look for answers, we're sometimes comforted the most by the simplest explanations.  With the case of the Flannan Isle Lighthouse Keepers, most are willing to accept that a massive "Rogue Wave" swept the three men into oblivion.  But what if meteorological science matched against clues left from the scene could show that this theory may not be the most plausible?  What if several simple, yet extreme events combined to plunge this mystery into the depths of the unexplained?  Join us tonight as we interview Keith McCloskey, author of the book, The Lighthouse: The Mystery of the Eilean Mòr Lighthouse Keepers.  We'll discuss his in-depth research into the case and the possibility that the simplest explanations, while the easiest to accept, are often not where the real truth lies submerged.

 
 

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 Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the  Generation Why Podcast  at the  Elks Lodge  at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the  Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel  at the  Amelia Earhart Festival ! Like the  Discussion Panel , the event is free, but please go to  Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP  and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!

Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the Generation Why Podcast at the Elks Lodge at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel at the Amelia Earhart Festival! Like the Discussion Panel, the event is free, but please go to Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!

 And then Scott and Forrest will be on the  Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel  along with many other much more distinguished guests at  Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium  for the  Amelia Earhart Festival , July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas. The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here:  http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/ . Get your tickets to the  Discussion Panel  here:  https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com  and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/  Come be a part of history!

And then Scott and Forrest will be on the Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel along with many other much more distinguished guests at Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium for the Amelia Earhart Festival, July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas. The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here: http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/. Get your tickets to the Discussion Panel here: https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/ Come be a part of history!


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CREDITS:

Episode 112: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse Part 2.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 111: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse

 
 
 

We seemed to stand for an endless while,
Though still no word was said,
Three men alive on Flannan Isle,
Who thought, on three men dead.

– From the Poem, Flannan Isle by Wilfred Wilson Gibson

 
 
 

Location:

The lighthouse on Eilean Mòr, near the highest point in the Flannan Isles in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland.  More pictures of the lighthouse can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/flannan  

 

Background:

In 1899, construction on the Flannan Isles lighthouse was completed, perched atop Eilean Mòr, one of the highest points in the Outer Hebrides off the western coast of Scotland.  It would soon experience its first tragedy and an enduring mystery.  For several days, it's light could not be seen and on December 15, 1900, the ship Archtor documented this concern in its log while heading to port in Leith.  However, 11 days would pass before the lighthouse tending ship Hesperus would be able to dock at Eilean Mòr due to foul weather, for which the area is well-known.  What they discovered, or rather, didn't discover, would lead to one of the biggest mysteries of this enchanted region.  Serious storm damage was evident on the island, but nothing seemed amiss inside the lighthouse itself except for the fact that the three lighthouse keepers had vanished and would never be seen again.  

 
 

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 Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the  Generation Why Podcast  at the  Elks Lodge  at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the  Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel  at the  Amelia Earhart Festival !  Like the  Discussion Panel , the event is free, but please go to  Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP  and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!  

Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the Generation Why Podcast at the Elks Lodge at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel at the Amelia Earhart Festival!  Like the Discussion Panel, the event is free, but please go to Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!  

 And then Scott and Forrest will be on the  Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel  along with many other much more distinguished guests at  Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium  for the  Amelia Earhart Festival , July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here:  http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/ .  Get your tickets to the  Discussion Panel  here:  https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com  and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/   Come be a part of history!

And then Scott and Forrest will be on the Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel along with many other much more distinguished guests at Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium for the Amelia Earhart Festival, July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here: http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/.  Get your tickets to the Discussion Panel here: https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/  Come be a part of history!


Suggested Listening:

The Legend of Wandering John – Marty White has a new show out called The Legend of Wandering John, about a young, orphaned man who is compelled into a quest to learn the mystery surrounding his missing father, but which will also possibly lead him to cross paths with an ancient immortal, blessed, or cursed, to wander this earth until the end of time.  The journey will take "John" into the dark depths of the supernatural, all while being hunted by a sinister force of unimaginable evil.  The Legend of Wandering John is a fictional, serialized story, told in order and released every two weeks.  You can CLICK HERE to find it on Libsyn, or CLICK HERE to find it on iTunes.  And remember, with every fictional story, there can be a lot of mind-bending truth to them...


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CREDITS:

Episode 111: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse Part 1.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 106: Earhart's Plane Found?

 
 
 

“It’s my opinion that if the plane was in the area already searched, it would have been found by now.” – William "Bill" Pennington Snavely, Jr. from his book Tracking Amelia Earhart, Her Flightpath to the End.

 
 
 

Location: Buka, Papua New Guinea

(From Wikipedia) Buka is located on the southern coast of Buka Island, in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, in eastern Papua New Guinea (country).  It is the capital of the North Bougainville District, and the interim provincial capital of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.  The city and Buka Island are separated from the northern tip of Bougainville Island by the Buka Passage. Both islands are in the northern Solomon Islands archipelago, and the only major ones not within the nation of Solomon Islands.

 

Background:

Of all the hypotheses of what happened to Amelia Earhart and her Electra 10-E, William "Bill" Snavely, Jr.'s may be the only one that starts with a found plane and traces her route backward towards her last known contact point.  Operating on a hunch that due to low fuel, Earhart may have decided to turn back to a viable landing strip, which would have taken her directly over the path of Buka Island, east of Papua New Guinea.  While in Buka searching for clues, Snavely received a tip that an airplane had crashed in 1937 and still lays submerged off the coast in 100' of water.  According to Snavely, only roughly 30% of Earhart's route has been searched and has yielded nothing, so why not search the remaining 70%?  Taking that approach has found a plane that so far, matches the description of Earhart's Electra.  If an expedition could be mounted to identify this plane more thoroughly, could it be that one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th Century will be solved once and for all?

 

Bill Snavely's book:

Tracking Amelia Earhart: Her Flight Path to the End, by William Pennington Snavely, Jr. 

http://specialbooks.com/aetrack.htm

 
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 106: Earhart's Plane Found?  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 90: Chasing Amelia Earhart with Chris Williamson

 
 
 
“Obviously I faced the possibility of not returning when first I considered going.  Once faced and settled there really wasn’t any good reason to refer to it.”
– Amelia Earhart
 
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LOCATION: Garapan Prison, Saipan
 

BACKGROUND:

Join us tonight as we sit down with Chris Williamson, the project creator of Chasing Earhart.  Chris, along with his wife Vanessa and their dedicated team of researchers and producers, has created a podcast and are working on a documentary all about legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart: her life, her persona, her fateful last flight and the controversy that surrounds her legacy.  The result is that Chasing Earhart has rapidly become one of the definitive repositories of information and interviews of the authorities who continue to devote their lives to solving her disappearance.  In our interview with Chris, we discuss the major researchers, their theories, and current investigations which aim to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th Century.  

 
 

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Credits:

Episode 90: Chasing Amelia Earhart with Chris Williamson.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 66: Flight 19 (Part 2)

 

Patrick Air Force Base, formerly US Naval Air Station, Banana River, where a Martin Mariner rescue plane, PBM-5 "Squadron Training No. 49" would launch from and soon go missing itself.

BACKGROUND

At approximately 6:00 p.m. on 5 December 1945, an HF/DF signal fix was obtained for Flight 19, placing its location somewhere within a 100-mile radius off the east coast of Florida, but that would be the last trace of the squadron's existence.  It wouldn't be the last tragedy of this story.  Around 7:27 p.m., two Martin Mariner rescue planes were launched from NAS Banana River, FL to conduct a search.  Three minutes later, one of the planes, PBM-5 "Squadron Training No. 49" would send its "out report" over the radio, but it too would never be heard from again.  About 20 minutes later, a tanker cruising in the area, the SS Gaines Mills would report seeing an apparent explosion, with flames leaping 100 feet high and lasting for 10 minutes in the vicinity of where PBM-5 should have been.  The ship would search for survivors or floating wreckage but would find only a pool of oil and it is believed all 13 crew members aboard PBM-5 perished in that explosion.  At least with PBM-5, there is a likely explanation of their fate but with Flight 19, to this day there is none to be had.  The lingering question may sound simplistic, but it can be put before every speculative answer ranging from the commonplace to the paranormal -- "Where did they go?"

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Credits:

Episode 66 - Flight 19 (Part 2) Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 65: Flight 19 (Part 1)

 

Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport, formerly US Naval Air Station Ft. Lauderdale, where Flight 19 departed from on December 5th, 1945.

 

Background

 

The fate of a US Naval training flight, designated as “Flight 19” remains one of the American military’s most enduring mysteries, but also one of the signature stories from the legendary region known as “The Bermuda Triangle.”  On December 5, 1945, a squadron of five Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bombers departed Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 2:10 p.m. on what should have been a routine overwater navigation training exercise.  After successfully completing their practice bombing runs and some course change maneuvers, the formation radioed that they were not sure of their location or heading.  Several hours later it was clear that the squadron was lost and their situation was dire.  Flight instructor Lt. Charles Taylor, USN would make his last transmission around this time and it would be the last he and his 13 airmen would ever be heard from again.  A rescue operation was launched, but it too would suffer a terrible tragedy.  Was this merely a series of unfortunate but explainable errors and Flight 19 simply fell victim to the natural danger of the sea, or would they be claimed by the purported treachery of the Bermuda Triangle?

 

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Credits:

Episode 65 - "Flight 19 (Part 1)" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 5: Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 2)

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Photo Gallery:

From left to right: Richard Martini's team digs at Aslito Airfield, Garapan Prison in Saipan, Freckle Cream Jar from Nikumaroro/Gardner Island, Abandoned Earhart Light on Howland Island (built to guide her in), Mike Harris & Richard Martini at what's left of the Catholic Church on Saipan where Robert Wallack found the briefcase, Old aerial photos of Gardner Island/Nikumaroro.

Background:

In the final episode of our 2 part special on Amelia Earhart's disappearance, we're going to get you up to speed on everything you need to know about all the hypotheses surrounding her story. Believe it or not, unlike a lot of shows in the mystery genre, we are prepared to actually draw a conclusion at the end of our show that we feel comfortable standing by after thoroughly investigating all of the research that has gone into the disappearance. This episode runs 2 hours because we just couldn't get everything into it in less time and it's hard not to become obsessed once you start taking a look at what happened to Amelia.

 

Legend:

Did Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan live short lives as castaways, or were they lost at sea after running out of fuel and ditching their Lockheed Electra 10E? Maybe they were taken prisoner, interrogated and eventually executed by the Japanese in Saipan? If none of those are right, maybe Amelia changed her identity and lived her days out as a woman named Irene Bolam who settled down in New Jersey?

This episode is part 2 of a special about aviation's most famous disappearance of all time, that of Amelia Earhart.

 
 

Related Books:

The search for Amelia Earhart
By Fred G Goerner
 

Credits:

Episode 005 - 'Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 2)' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Scott Philbrook Editing. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014, All Rights Reserved.

photo sources: Digging at Aslito Airfield, Capt. Cooper & Jerry Facey Assisting, Photo by: Robert Rustin, Garapan Prison, Earhart's last home? From Earhart On Saipan., Freckle Cream Jar, TIGHAR via Discovery ChannelEarhart Light, Flickr User JOANN94024 / CC BY-SA 3.0 , Catholic Church on Saipan, photo by Robert Rustin, from Earhart on Saipan, Old Aerial photos of Nikumaroro/Gardner Island, Public Domain.

Ep 4: Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 1)

Podcast:

Photo Gallery:

From left to right: Amelia Earhart in Electra, Amelia, Amelia as a little girl, Amelia in Ireland, Capt. Harry Manning, Earhart's Electra 10E, Earhart & Noonan, Electra crashed in Hawaii, Earhart's Lockheed Vega 5B, Group: Mantz, Earhart, Manning and Noonan 1939.

Background:

Amelia Earhart is one of the most famous aviators in the world and she flew into the history books in July of 1937 when she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, took off from Lae, Papua New Guinea for Howland Island. They never made it. Come with us on part 1 of this 2 part special while we take you back to what her life was really like in the years leading up to her vanishing.

 
 

LEGEND:

There are dozens of theories about Amelia's disappearance, most of which don't hold water, but there are three or four that any one of which proven true would make for one of the most fantastic tales ever told.

This episode is about aviation's most famous disappearance of all time, Amelia Earhart.

STORIES:

On Amelia Earhart:

 

Related Books:

The search for Amelia Earhart
By Fred G Goerner

Interesting Facts: Contrary to popular belief, Amelia was considered by many, including close friends, not to be a great pilot. Paul Mantz supposedly cited pilot error after their failed take-off in Hawaii (he later died of pilot error himself). Her lack of finesse was also apparent on various occasions when she would compete in air races and finish far in the field with a bouncy landing in front of all the spectators.

No one on Earth ever doubted her courage, however.

On Fred Noonan:

Interesting Facts: Noonan had reportedly wanted to open a navigation school and saw his participation in the circumnavigation as a way to generate interest. Unfortunately, he was lost at sea.

On Paul Mantz:

Interesting Facts: Paul Mantz became a movie stuntman and died filming 'Flight of the Phoenix'.

Credits:

Episode 004 - 'Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 1)' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Scott Philbrook Editing. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014, All Rights Reserved.

photo sources: Public Domain or Fair Use unless otherwise indicated, 1) Amelia in aft cabin with radio looking out over fuel tanks, 2) Amelia c. 1928, 3) Amelia as a little girl, 4) Amelia and her Lockheed Vega 5B after landing in Ireland, 5) Capt. Harry Manning in the SS America Chart Room, Smithsonian Institution, 6) Earhart's Electra 10E, 7) Earhart & Noonan on Circumnavigation, 8) Earhart's crash on first attempt in Hawaii, 9) Earhart's Lockheed Vega 5B at the Smithsonian by Sergio Citagirone (CC by SA 3.0), 10) Mantz, Earhart, Manning and Noonan, March 17th, 1939 just prior to first attempt take-off from Oakland for Hawaii where the trip would end.