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Newly Discovered Video of the Legendary Amelia Earhart Finally Becomes Available

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | June 09, 2015

Newly Discovered Video of the Legendary Amelia Earhart Finally Becomes Available

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While over 70 years old, the mystery that surrounds Amelia Earhart’s disappearance still captivates the world. Newly discovered footage of the legendary pilot can only increase the intrigue.

The Associated Press’ John Rogers, via The Washington Post, reports on several minutes of home video that is just now becoming available to the public at large.

Rogers explains that John Bresnik accompanied his brother Al for an Earhart photo shoot at Burbank Airport back in 1937.

According to Rogers, Al was busy snapping off myriad photographs while John was content to capture the amazing moment on film. It is that 3.5-minute film that is now being released to those who decide to buy the book “Amelia Earhart’s Last Photo Shoot.”

Mashable released the following video that purports to show a small portion of that amazing photo shoot:

Interested parties can get a bit more information through the Paragon Agency, which is selling the book that will come in tandem with the captivating footage.

The good news is the day may come when we all can watch sans book package, as Rogers revealed the footage may end up in the hands of a museum — at least that’s the intent from Paragon.

Rogers spoke with the son, also named John Bresnik, who discovered his father’s 1937 footage: “I didn’t even know what was on the film until my dad died and I took it home and watched it. It just always sat it in a plain box on a shelf in his office, and on the outside it said, ‘Amelia Earhart, Burbank Airport, 1937.'”

A little curiosity leads to a remarkable discovery that, while brief, captures a wonderfully poignant moment of Earhart who is about to embark on a grandiose albeit ill-fated journey.  

CNN’s video, a bit longer than the one offered by Mashable, echoes what is in the AP report: It’s not exactly certain that the elder John Bresnik was behind the camera.

Regardless, we get a bit more information, however small, on a journey that ended in tragedy and ongoing mystery:

For the uninitiated or those who just want a refresher on who Earhart was and details on her final voyage, Bio provides a brief documentary:

And some might recall that back in October new evidence was discovered that painted a possible scenario for Earhart’s final days.

A plane fragment once found in Nikumaroro was recently purported to be that of Earhart, placing the pioneering pilot at the uninhabited atoll.

Researching one of aviation’s great mysteries likely won’t stop. Instead we can expect a renewed fervor over a remarkable story that sadly ended short of its intended finish.


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