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Florida Museum Speaker to Discuss Amelia Earhart Mystery

The Florida Air Museum at Sun ín Fun will begin its annual three-part aviation presentation series on September 14 with Richard E. Gillespie, executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) and author of the book Finding Amelia ñ the True Story of the Earhart Disappearance. The presentation is at 7:00 p.m., reception at 6:00 p.m. Reservations can be made in advance by calling 863-644-2431.

The 1937 disappearance of famed aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan is well-documented. However, the circumstances surrounding the disappearance have remained one of aviationís greatest mysteries – until now. Mr. Gillespie will share evidence, gathered through eight extensive research expeditions to the Phoenix Islands, which will dispel many of the myths and legends surrounding this popular mystery.

Gillespieís writings on the Earhart disappearance have appeared in a variety of publications including LIFE Magazine, and the organizationís Earhart expeditions have been the subject of documentaries produced by NBC News, ABC News, and the Discovery Channel. Gillespie also conducts educational seminars and moderates conferences on archaeological and preservation efforts throughout the United States and Europe.

General admission is $20, $15 for Florida Air Museum Members, $12 for students and free for ages 12 and under.

To locate Sun ín Fun facilities- drive in traffic should use County Line Road to West Pipkin. Fly-in traffic should request taxi to Sun ín Fun after touchdown at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. More information can be obtained by visiting www.floridaairmuseum.org .For more information contact: Donna Gabriel 863-904-4012.

Updated: July 18, 2011 — 3:26 PM
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