Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved
Simon and Schuster, Jan 15, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
When Amelia Earhart disappeared on July 2, 1937, she was flying the longest leg of her around-the-world flight and was only days away from completing her journey. Her plane was never found, and for more than sixty years rumors have persisted about what happened to her.
Now, with the recent discovery of long-lost radio messages from Earhart's final flight, we can say with confidence that she ran out of gas just short of her destination of Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean. From the beginning of her flight, a series of tragic circumstances all but doomed her and her navigator, Fred Noonan.
Authors Elgen M. and Marie K. Long spent more than twenty-five years researching the mystery surrounding Earhart's final flight before finally determining what happened. They traveled over one hundred thousand miles to interview more than one hundred people who knew some part of the Earhart story. They draw on authoritative sources to take us inside the cockpit of the Electra plane that Earhart flew and recreate the final flight itself. Because Elgen Long began his own flying career not long after Earhart's disappearance, he can describe the equipment and conditions of the time with a vivid first-hand accuracy. As a result, this book brings to life the primitive conditions under which Earhart flew, in an era before radar, with unreliable communications, grass landing strips, and poorly mapped islands.
Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved does more than just answer the question, What happened to Amelia Earhart? It reminds us how daring early aviators such as Earhart were as they risked their lives to push the technology of the day to its limits -- and beyond.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - buffalogr - LibraryThing
Another book about Amelia Earhart, my second in recent times. This one is considered a primary source on her disappearance. It covers only her round-the-world flight....it postulates the simple ... Read full review
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A detailed chronicle of the last days of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, and what went before, based upon an exhaustive 25-year study. Celebrated pilot Elgen Long and his coauthor wife ... Read full review
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Page 27 - We must be on you but cannot see you but gas is running low...
Page 28 - We are circling but cannot hear you. Go ahead on 7500 either now or on schedule time on half hour.
Page 29 - KHAQQ calling Itasca we received your signals but unable to get a minimum. Please take bearing on us and answer 3105 with voice.
References to this book
Amelia Earhart: Legendary Aviator
Limited preview - 2006
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Amelia Earhart: Legendary Aviator
Limited preview - 2007