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
LOCATION: Garapan Prison, Saipan


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.  


Related Books:

Amelia Earhart's Radio
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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 5: Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 2)


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.


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.



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


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)


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.


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.



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.


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'.


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.