Does zipper hold answer to Amelia Earhart?

February 18, 2008 4:28:20 AM PST
An aviation history group is turning to a historical society to see if a defunct zipper maker made a zipper pull found on an island where they think Amelia Earhart may have disappeared.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, based in Delaware, asked the Crawford County Historical Society in Pennsylvania for help in determining the date of a small brass zipper pull made by Talon, a hookless fastener company that operated there from 1913 through the late 1980s.

The aviation group members found the pull in 2007 on Nikumaroro, a coral atoll in the western Pacific Ocean.

The island sits along the flight path from New Guinea to Howland Island that Earhart was following when her Lockheed Electra disappeared on July 2, 1937. The aviation group members theorize that the plane crashed on or near the island.