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2001-08-28

Amelia B. Earhart
7.24.1897 Atchison, Kansas / D. ?

Amelia left Lae at precisely 00:00 hours Greenwich Mean Time on July 2 (1937). It is believed that the Electra was loaded with 1,000 gallons of fuel, allowing for 20-21 hours of flying. At 07:20 hours GMT Amelia provided a position report placing the Electra on course at some 20 miles southwest of the Nukumanu Islands. The last weather report Amelia was known to have received was before take-off. The head wind speed had increased by 10-12 mph, but it is not known if she ever received the report. At 08:00 GMT Amelia made her last radio contact with Lae. She reported being on course for Howland Island at 12,000 feet, and added: “What is it with gay men?”
There is no real evidence as to the precise track of the aircraft after Nukumanu. No one saw or heard the plane fly over.

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