June 2015 | Nate Pedersen

Newly Discovered Amelia Earhart Footage Surfaces

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A private film of Amelia Earhart made shortly before her doomed final flight has surfaced 78 years later. The three-and-a-half-minute film shows a smiling Earhart climbing aboard her Lockheed Electra L-10E. 

The film was shot at an Oakland airfield in1937 before Earhart attempted to fly around the world. Scholars are currently debating whether the film was shot in March 1937, before Earhart's crash in Hawaii, or in April 1937 before her final flight where she disappeared.

The film is presumed shot by John Bresnik, brother to Earhart's personal photographer Albert Bresnik. The film was found by John Bresnik's son (also named John) after his father died.

You can watch a clip from the poignant footage at Time's website.  

A book about Earhart's final photoshoot by Nichole Swinford, entitled Amelia Earhart's Last Photo Shoot, will accompany the release of the film in July from the Paragon Agency.