Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Fact of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was known as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She did this first in 1928, but only as a passenger. In 1932 she flew by herself across the Atlantic Ocean and made it safely. 

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  1. Whatever happened to Amelia Earhart...ah the mysteries of this world.

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  2. A truly amazing woman with a spirit of adventure and exploring unheard of these days.
    Her final flight was out of Lae, Papua New Guinea - then an administered Territory of Australia. There was a plaque at the old Lae airport when I lived in the Morobe District of which Lae was the main administration town. She stayed in Lae in the old "Hotel Cecil" - now that place has a "history"!!!
    The social gathering place for Admin. and the Planter Families!!
    I'd be very surprised if the plaque was moved to the new airport at Nadzab. Nadzab was the WW2 Airfield when taken from the Japanese and one of the largest WW2 Airfield in the Pacific.
    Here is some Nadzab war history:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landing_at_Nadzab
    When the war ended the Americans rather than take the "Faithful" Dakotas back to the USA cut the planes in half and let them rot!!! Scrap merchants made fortunes out of this!
    Ah funny things happened in the "Land of the Fuzzzie Wuzzies" pre and post WW2 and Amelia Earhart was part of it.
    Great post Adam
    Cheers
    B J Hunnicut aka Colin

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    1. I believe that her plane in 1937 when she left Lae for Howland Island - midway to Hawaii, her plane ran into
      a typhoon and then either crashed or ran out of fuel trying to get around it.
      The Japanese capture idea is pure fantasy.
      B J Hunnicut aka Colin

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  3. For more information on Amelia's final flight here is the
    link to Howland Island.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howland_Island
    B J Hunnicut aka Colin

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  4. Amelia was an extremely courageous woman, but she wasn't all that good a pilot, which might be why she disappeared without a trace. She wasn't properly trained on her new Lockheed Electra aircraft, and was quite unfamiliar with the intricacies of its new radio.

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    1. What bullshit!
      I presume you have heard the aviation term - C.A.T.??
      Clear Air Turbulence!!! The Pacific region especially over those remote Pacific Islands has heaps of these occurrences - try flying in today's turbo-prop planes and find out.
      Way back in Amelia's days, planes were not equipped for anything like this and she was as competent as any other flier in the World at that time!
      I presume Stephen that you have had plenty of experience flying across the Pacific and in parts of the Pacific in small aircraft - even such planes as the DC3's of my days -1960/70's in PNG. Want bumpy rides, try those old crates???
      B J Hunnicut aka Colin

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  5. I grew up wondering what really happened to her.

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