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Waitt Institute

The Waitt Institute is a non-profit research organization that serves as an exploration catalyst, enabling scientific pioneers to transform the ways in which discoveries are made. More »



The Waitt Institute’s Search for Amelia Earhart…

The story of Amelia Earhart and her disappearance over the South Pacific while piloting her Lockheed Electra 10E aircraft is one of the most intriguing and enduring mysteries of the last century. Seemingly vanishing into thin air during a celebrated round-the-world flight in 1937, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, believed they were near their charted position of Howland Island, but never arrived. Read the rest of this entry »


Why Amelia Earhart?

“If you look at the courage this woman had, doing the things she did at the time she did them with the tools at her disposal, it took an amazing amount of guts…” ~ Ted Waitt about Amelia Earhart

Reading about Amelia Earhart as a child, Waitt Institute founder and President Ted Waitt became intrigued with her life story and the mystery of what really happened on the 1937 World Flight. Calling Amelia a ‘trailblazer’ in terms of aviation and women’s rights, Ted thought the challenge and complexity of searching for Amelia an ideal opportunity for the Waitt Institute to partner with leading scientific organizations in the use of cutting-edge technology to find her remains.

She Was An Aviation Pioneer

Listen now as Ted Waitt talks about the Waitt Institute’s mission and why he became interested in the Amelia Earhart story and the search for answers.

Ahead of Her Time

Now hear an actual recording of Amelia Earhart talking about women and technology. Library of Congress American Memory Collection

A Gift for Women of All Time

“My ambition is to have this wonderful gift produce practical results for the future of commercial flying and for the women who may want to fly tomorrow’s planes.” ~ Amelia Earhart