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But First, This is Today’s Enigma

When news reports change, it’s essential to report those changes.

This is one of those moments.

The supposed breaktrough in the mysterious disappearance (well, reappearance) of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan was the focus of a recent blog post on Jimmy’s Daily Planet. So, when this new revelation concerning the content of the aforementioned blog was revealed TODAY today, I wanted to make sure to update this developing story with the most current and accurate version.

Interestingly, the identification question in this photograph as to whether Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan are two figures among a group of people featured in the now famous picture, isn’t being totally refuted. It really looks like them. Until the Japanese blogger recently pointed out the critically important publishing date, the facial and body recognition seemed like the biggest hurdle in this 80-year mystery.

Instead, another giant hurdle of mystery has been put in its place.

For now, it appears the world has returned to not knowing the official whereabouts of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan after their plane went missing during their attempted flight around the world back in early July of 1937. All that can be done now is to wait for The History Channel’s expanded response to the claim made by the Japanese blogger and to continue to search for clues and answers.

Think about this turn of events:

A blogger potentially provided history-altering insight.

Maybe more people will recognize that there really is something to this whole “blogging” thing after all…

The Evidence Was Sitting Right There

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is the photo in the video below worth?

To many, the photograph’s value at the center of the following video is of historic value.

It may be safe to presume that this ground-breaking discovery, and subsequent documentary this weekend, will be an equal substitute to coffee this morning. The jolt that the photo presents in the video above, which is the focus of the newest speculation regarding Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan’s famously mysterious disappearance, could very well be enough to change history and give credence to stories that were, until now, just considered rumors.

While not 100% proof (how often is there ever 100% proof?), anyone with common sense will and should reach the conclusion that Amelia Earhart is sitting on the edge of the dock with her back to the camera in the aforementioned photograph with Fred Noonan nearby in Japanese territory.

Absolutely surreal.

Stay tuned for the full documentary premiering on the History Channel this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Doesn’t this incredible revelation concerning Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan seem like the springboard for a future film by either Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow or Clint Eastwood? This recent photographic discovery and analysis is likely not the end of Amelia Earhart’s harrowing story, but instead just the beginning.

In this case, history isn’t so much repeating itself as providing the world the first reputable replay of a tragically mysterious event.

And that’s priceless.

This Cabin Has Everything, Except a Fever

Nearly six years ago, Airbus conceptualized a vision for air travel in the year 2050.

With that being said, the following blog post will be equally awe-inspiring and depressing.

Air travel, as many might conclude, may have already experienced its “golden age” in terms of comprehensive comfort and luxury for all passengers. The 2002 film Catch Me If You Can by Steven Spielberg and the short-lived ABC television show Pan Am visualized this “golden age” of flying during the 1960s. While the “golden age” time-frame is debatable (then, now or sometime in between), travel is contingent on myriad factors. Typically, these factors are personal to each traveler, so it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact decade or time period to draw such a definitive conclusion.

To add fuel to this debate, Airbus decided to, back in June of 2011, imagine their ideal “golden age” of air travel…way, way into the future.

What do you think?

One thing is for sure: Airbus is quite savvy at creating demand, it’s just that whole “supply” part of the equation they’re missing. And, unfortunately, by the estimates predicted by Airbus, they won’t be delivering this post-modern flying experience for quite a while.

“Our research shows that passengers of 2050 will expect a seamless travel experience while also caring for the environment. The Airbus Concept Cabin is designed with that in mind, and shows that the journey can be as much a voyage of discovery as the destination. Whichever flight experience is chosen, the passenger of 2050 will step out of the Airbus Concept Cabin feeling revitalised and enriched.”
–Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering in June of 2011

For now, air travelers will just have to settle for those spectacularly low fares, spacious and comfortable seating, sharp-dressed and considerate passengers, extra-large overhead compartments, on-time departures and arrivals and a bevy of complementary services that enhance the flying experience.

On second thought, how long is it until 2050?

Book Your Ticket Now

Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney are part of the same movie. That’s pretty much all that marketing needs to promote a film with this director and cast.

(Can you name the sitcom that Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney guest appeared in together?)

To give you a few more details, U.S. Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger became a household name on January 15, 2009.

“Sully,” to be more precise.

Incredibly, both jet engines on Flight 1549 became useless that January morning due to birds flying in the exact air space they shouldn’t have dared flown into. The end result was the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Having flown on dozens and dozens (and dozens) of flights domestically and internationally throughout the past 25 years, the standard announcement by the stewardess detailing the seemingly impossible event of a water landing and corresponding step-by-step guide in the pamphlet in the seat back pocket in front of us depicting passengers sliding down a slide with life vests because of an emergency water landing was burned in my mind from a very young age.

Still is, but after “Sully” maneuvered the water landing in the Hudson River alongside New York City, that seemingly impossible cautionary warning has since caused my cognitive seat back to always be in the upright position while on any flight.

Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial project tells the known story of the spectacular events of that famous landing and the surprisingly unknown story of the aftermath following Mr. Sullenberger’s heroics.

As the trailer for Sully reveals, Mr. Eastwood appears to have been precise with the facts.

Sully arrives in theaters September 9th.

Considering the evocative imagery of an airplane experiencing an emergency around NYC, the release date of September 9th is a little curious. Not a controversy, but peculiar none the less. The real landing occurred in mid-January, after all.

If any two people in Hollywood can safely resolve this potential issue before the movie lands in theaters, look no further than Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks.