Others had fun with the shot, placing Gov. Chris Christie in it. They suggest that the world isn't ruled by chaos, that events are not random.
History says Amelia Earhart died in a plane crash on July 2, 1937. No one enjoys the knowledge that sometimes even expertly piloted planes fall out of the sky, killing all aboard. (She's wearing trousers, something for which Earhart was known.) She sits near a standing man who looks like Noonan - down to the hairline. In the distance, a plane believed to be Earhart's signature Lockheed is being carried on a barge. The man, believed to be Noonan is facing the camera in the photo.
Photograph courtesy of Les Kinney/U.S.
"If it was in the National Archives, they knew it was there". The expert compared Noonan's nose, teeth and hairline to make the determination on the man in the image. The most common theory surround Earhart's fated flight is that she crashed somewhere over the Marshall Islands.
"When you look at this picture, you can nearly see an image possibly of a plane hanging on a boom in the back off of a boat", said Travis Grossman. This photograph, which Henry believes was taken by a U.S.
Kent Gibson, a forensic analyst who specialises in facial recognition, told the History Channel that it was "very likely" the individuals pictured are Earhart and Noonan, in a programme on the Earhart mystery scheduled to air this Sunday. The documentary airs July 9.
The investigative team behind the History Channel special believes the photo may have been taken by someone spying on Japanese military activity in the Pacific for the U.S. As mentioned, the photo is awfully blurry.
Kinney argues the photo must have been taken before 1943, as US air forces conducted more than 30 bombing runs on Jaluit in 1943-44.
Earhart's two attempts at a round-the-world flight, including an earlier attempt in March 1937, originated out of Oakland, California.
USA officials have not confirmed any of the show's assertions.
While current Japanese authorities told the news outlet that they had no record of Earhart ever being in their custody, American investigators insisted that the photo strongly suggests that Earhart survived the crash and was taken into captivity.
Shawn Henry, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who's involved in the documentary, is undaunted by the doubters.
The flew successfully for about a month, and with only 7,000 miles to go, the pair took off from Papua New Guinea toward Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean.