The History Girls: Those Magnificent Women in Their Flying Machines – Aviatrices of the 1920s and 1930s by Christina Koning

Having just finished my latest novel, ‘Time of Flight’, which is set in 1931, and features – amongst other characters – a number of female flyers, I wanted to make my last post for the History Girls about these wonderful ‘queens of the air’, who did so much to popularise flying in its golden years. One of the most celebrated was Amelia Earhart – pronounced ‘Air-heart’ (1897-1937) – who, apart from setting numerous aviation records, including being the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic, was instrumental in setting up ‘The Ninety-Nines’, an association of women pilots…

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Watch Unseen Film of Amelia Earhart – artnet News

Originally posted on artnet News.

Aviator Amelia Earhart with her Electra plane's propeller, taken by Albert Bresnik at Burbank Airport in Burbank, Calif. It was a clear spring day in 1937 when Amelia Earhart, ready to make history by flying around the world, brought her personal photographer to a small Southern California airport to document the journey's beginning. Photo: Albert Bresnik/The Paragon Agency via AP

Aviator Amelia Earhart with her Electra plane’s propeller.
Photo: Albert Bresnik/The Paragon Agency via AP

Previously unseen video footage of aviation legend Amelia Earhart, thought to have been shot just days before she disappeared, has come to light, Associated Press reports.

Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and she attempted twice to fly around the world in 1937. She crashed during the first flight, and she and her plane disappeared during her second attempt. The details remain a mystery to this day.

The above footage, shot in Oakland California, shows Earhart getting into her plane, posing for photographs, and waving and smiling. It also features her husband George Putman, her navigator Fred Noonan, and personal photographer Albert Bresnik.

The film is thought to have been shot by Albert Brenick’s brother John. The film was only discovered upon John Bresnick’s death in 1992 by his son, who is also called John.

“I didn’t even know what was on the film until my dad died and I took it home and watched it,” Bresnik told AP. “It just always sat it in a plain box on a shelf in his office, and on the outside it said…

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Hunt for Amelia Earhart Resumes in Pacific : Discovery News

Originally posted on Discovery News.

The search for Amelia Earhart’s long lost aircraft will resume this month in the waters off Nikumaroro, an uninhabited South Pacific atoll in the republic of Kiribati, where the legendary pilot might have died as a castaway.

Called Niku VIII, the expedition will be carried out by a 14-person team of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating Earhart’s disappearance.

“The team will fly to Fiji and begin the five-day, thousand mile voyage to…

via Hunt for Amelia Earhart Resumes in Pacific : Discovery News.

How Amelia’s Plane Was Found – The Daily Beast

A little more detail about the metal fragment that appears to match Amelia Earhart’s Lockhead Elektra.

Two decades after finding a piece of metal on a remote Pacific atoll, Ric Gillespie says he has proof it was used to patch the aviator’s plane—and it fits ‘like a fingerprint.’

The words that changed everything came after his wife had wandered off to photograph a collapsed building. Ric Gillespie continued to examine some of the flotsam washed up by the big storm that must have hit Gardner Island since their previous visit two years before.

“You might want to come over and look at this,” his wife, Pat Thrasher, suddenly called out…

via How Amelia’s Plane Was Found – The Daily Beast.

Amelia Earhart Plane Found? Fragment Recovered In Pacific Matches ‘Fingerprint’ Of Lost Aircraft

Amelia Earhart and her Lockheed Electra aircraft in 1937. The famed aviator and her navigator mysteriously disappeared in 1937 somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Creative Commons

The hunt for Amelia Earhart’s long-lost plane took a new turn after searchers reportedly identified a piece of the missing aircraft near a toll in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. History buffs have long speculated that the tiny island, called Nikumaroro, was the final resting place of the famed aviator; however, this is the first time a piece of wreckage found there has been recognized as a fragment from Earhart’s plane, according to Discovery.

The aluminum piece measured just 19 inches by 23 inches and was actually recovered in 1991. It wasn’t until recently that researchers with the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, or TIGHAR, who have spent 25 years making sense of Earhart’s mysterious disappearance in 1937, linked the fragment with a patch of metal that was installed on Earhart’s twin-engine Lockheed Electra during an eight-day stay in Miami, Florida. Only one photograph of the patch exists, likely indicating that the repair was never recorded.

If the rivet pattern from the repair in the photograph could be matched to a rivet pattern on the piece of wreckage, it would provide, with a high degree of certainty, evidence…

via Amelia Earhart Plane Found? Fragment Recovered In Pacific Matches ‘Fingerprint’ Of Lost Aircraft.

Happy Birthday Amelia Earhart


Today is the 117th birthday of aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

NAME: Amelia Earhart
BIRTH DATE: July 24, 1897
DEATH DATE: c. January 05, 1939
EDUCATION: Hyde Park High School, Columbia University

BEST KNOWN FOR: Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic and the first person to have flown both oceans. Her mysterious disappearance occurred in 1937.

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas, in America’s heartland. She spent much of her early childhood in the upper-middle class household of her maternal grandparents. Amelia’s mother, Amelia “Amy” Otis, married a man who showed much promise, but had never been able to break the bonds of alcohol. Edwin Earhart was on a constant search to establish his career and put the family on a firm financial foundation. When the situation got bad, Amy would shuttle…

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