A long-lost letter from Captain Amelia Earhart detailing their last voyage in 1937 has been found

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Nearly 84 years after the couple went missing, a long-lost letter has been discovered detailing Amelia Earhart’s and her Captain Fred J. Noonan’s adventure around the world.

The 17-page handwritten letter is postmarked just eight days before the duo made their last radio call from somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.

It was emailed on June 23, 1937 from the Grand Hotel in Indonesia and contains specific details of dates, locations and weather conditions Earhart and Noonan faced along the ill-fated flight path.

The letter is one of four discovered by the San Diego-based Hunter Person, whose mother found them curled up in her father’s desk 40 years ago.

Someone’s grandfather was a close friend of Noonan’s and the two had exchanged letters for years and even until the captain disappeared.

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The 17-page handwritten letter is postmarked just eight days before the duo made their last radio call from somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.  It was sent from the Grand Hotel in Indonesia on June 23, 1937

The 17-page handwritten letter is postmarked just eight days before the duo made their last radio call from somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. It was sent from the Grand Hotel in Indonesia on June 23, 1937

Earhart took to the skies on June 1, 1937 to become the first female aviator to fly around the world.

She and her navigator Noonan left Oakland, California, then flew to Miami, to South America, across to Africa, then east to India and South Asia.

A few weeks later they set out from Lae in Papua New Guinea and planned to stop at Howland on 2 July 1937 for refueling.

Earhart and Noonan eventually lost radio contact and were never heard or seen again.

It contains specific details of dates, locations and weather challenges that Earhart and Noonan experienced on the ill-fated flight path

It contains specific details of dates, locations and weather challenges that Earhart and Noonan experienced on the ill-fated flight path

Pictured are Amelia Earhart (left) and Captain Fred Noonan (right) on June 11, 1937. This was 10 days into their adventure when the pair stopped at the hangar at the airport of Parnamerim, Natal, Brazil,

Pictured are Amelia Earhart (left) and Captain Fred Noonan (right) on June 11, 1937. This was 10 days into their adventure when the pair stopped at the hangar at the airport of Parnamerim, Natal, Brazil,

The long-lost letters are postmarked from 1935 to 1937 and may contain missing clues about what happened after Earhart and Noonan left Papua New Guinea.

‘It’s an exciting letter. You know, like I said, it tells the whole journey, and the last postmark was from Bandung, Java,” Persoon said. KSWB.

The letter is one of four discovered by San Diego-based Hunter Person, whose mother found them curled up in her father's desk 40 years ago.

The letter is one of four discovered by San Diego-based Hunter Person, whose mother found them curled up in her father’s desk 40 years ago.

“It describes, you know, flight like no one has ever read it before.

“And they’re handwritten by Captain Fred J. Noonan, Amelia Earhart’s navigator who was with her on the tragic flight.”

The person’s mother, Beverly, said her father and Noonan had corresponded since she was only 15 years old and that some letters were addressed to her as well.

Experts are puzzled by the letter because it is the last full record of the travel days before the pilots went missing and could be a lead to where the plane has rested all these years.

The mystery of Earhart’s disappearance also spawned a number of theories – from the crash to landing on an island outside Howland or being taken as hostages by the Japanese.

The person's mother, Beverly, said her father and Noonan had corresponded since she was only 15 years old and that some letters were addressed to her as well (pictured)

The person’s mother, Beverly, said her father and Noonan had corresponded since she was only 15 years old and that some letters were addressed to her as well (pictured)

The mystery of her disappearance has led to a number of theories - from crashing to landing and being castaway on an island outside Howland to being held hostage by the Japanese

The mystery of her disappearance has led to a number of theories – from crashing to landing and being castaway on an island outside Howland to being held hostage by the Japanese

While no one has confirmed what actually happened, many have risen to the challenge of solving the puzzle, with the latest scientists from Penn State University.

In February, the team announced they were using a nuclear reactor to analyze a metal patch found in 1991 on a small Pacific island to determine if the piece belonged to Earhart’s Lockheed Model 10-E Electra plane.

The patch was obtained from Richard Gillespie, who leads The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) which has focused on Earhart’s disappearance since 1988.

Experts are puzzled by the letter because it is the last full record of the travel days before the pilots went missing and could be a lead to where the plane has rested all these years.  Pictured is 'Amelia Earhart'

Experts are puzzled by the letter because it is the last full record of the travel days before the pilots went missing and could be a lead to where the plane has rested all these years. Pictured is ‘Amelia Earhart’

While no one has confirmed what actually happened, many have risen to the challenge of solving the puzzle, the latest being scientists from Penn State University.  The team announced they are using a nuclear reactor to analyze a metal patch found in 1991 on a small Pacific island to determine if the piece belonged to Earhart's Lockheed Model 10-E Electra plane.

While no one has confirmed what actually happened, many have risen to the challenge of solving the puzzle, the latest being scientists from Penn State University. The team announced they are using a nuclear reactor to analyze a metal patch found in 1991 on a small Pacific island to determine if the piece belonged to Earhart’s Lockheed Model 10-E Electra plane.

Gillespie found the metal panel in the debris of the storm on Nikumaroro, an island in the Pacific Ocean about 300 miles from Earhart’s actual destination of Howland Island.

Using a nuclear reactor, the team was able to send powerful beams through the patch to expose paint particles or eroded etchings that may go unnoticed by the naked eye.

The group will unveil their findings sometime this year.

WHAT ARE THE THEORIES ABOUT THE LAST DAYS OF AMELIA EARHART?

Theory one: Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan crash a few miles from their intended destination in the Pacific Ocean due to visibility and gas problems and die instantly.

Theory two: Earhart and Noonan land on Nikumaroro Island, where they later die at the hands of coconut crabs, which hunt for food at night and grow up to three feet in length. The name comes from their ability to open the hardened husks of coconuts.

Theory three: Earhart and Noonan veer drastically off course and land at Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands. They are rescued, but are soon captured by the Japanese and sent to a camp in Saipan. Noonan is beheaded and Earhart dies of malaria or dysentery in 1939.

Theory Four: Earhart and Noonan reach Howland Island as planned and are eaten by cannibals.

Theory Five: Earhart was an American spy sent to gather information about the Japanese prior to World War II.

Theory six: Earhart and Noonan can’t find Howland Island and head for their “emergency plan.” After a ten-hour journey back to where they came from, they crash into the jungle of East New Britain Island, in what is now known as Papua New Guinea.

The alleged details of Earhart's last flight, and where she might have ended up, based on various theories over the years

There are several conflicting theories about Earhart’s disappearance. The alleged details of Earhart’s last flight, and where she might have ended up, based on various theories over the years

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