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What Actually Happened to Amelia Earhart? Ask Dan Hampton

A newly discovered photo believed to be of legendary aviator Amelia Earhart has ignited a new look at the fate of this celebrated pilot. Premiering this Sunday, July 9 on History Channel, Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, attempts to solve one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time.

When former FBI assistant director Shawn Henry assembled a team to determine what happened to Amelia Earhart after her disappearance, he recruited former fighter pilot and aviation historian Lt. Colonel Dan Hampton as crash site investigator and dive master to study the spot where she is believed to have crash-landed on July 2, 1937. Hampton, who insists he was initially skeptical that Earhart survived her flight, has said, “I’ve never seen a reef you could land an airplane on until I went out there.”

Hampton is the author of New York Times bestseller Viper Pilot.  His new book, The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic Crossing is a rare, “in-the-cockpit” account of the extraordinary first-ever nonstop flight from New York to Paris.

One of the most decorated fighter pilots of all time, Hampton earned a Purple Heart, four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, and the distinction of being the most lethal F-16 Wild Weasel Pilot in American history. He has offered his expertise on security and counterterrorism as a consultant for the U.S. government and allied governments and is a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.