What really happened to Amelia Earhart? On January 26th members entertained the many theories that have evolved over time, as to the disappearance of Amelia.
 
Port Orchard Rotary club enjoyed a program by Ron Wright, a local man and a retired naval criminal investigator. He is personally investigating the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, and begs the question, "What really happended to her?" Ron shared a radio transcript/log from July 1st, 1937. Amelia (born July 24, 1897; missing July 2, 1937; declared legally dead January 5, 1939) was a noted American aviation pioneer and author. She was 39 years old when she decided to take a round the world trip at the equator. Earhart was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Her plane broke down near Hawaii so she tried again - traveling east instead of west. Radio problems were evident in the transcript, perhaps there were problems with the receiver. Ron speculates that she "went in the drink", but still theories abound. Some say that maybe the Japanese pulled her out of the water. There were lots of stories from the natives of nearby Islands. Some of the theories are:
1. She wound up on Gardner Island or Marshall Islands.
2. She wound up in Zaipan, where she was executed.
3. She ran out of gas and crashed into the ocean.

Tim Thomson - a former Captain/pilot with the U.S. Navy - wondered about the weather conditions and noted that she was flying low (below 1000 ft.) for someone who was looking for an island. He thought a pilot might want a higher perspective to be able to see further.

Ron has spent 10 years investigating the disappearance of Earhart.