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Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solvedby Elgen M Long
Synopses & Reviews
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.
The first book to present an accurate, authoritative account of Amelia Earhart's last flight is being reissued to coincide with the release of the feature film, "Amelia." Photos throughout.
and#8226; The final answer on Amelia Earhart: andlt;Iandgt;Amelia Earhartandlt;/Iandgt; puts to rest the speculation and rumors surrounding Earhartand#8217;s disappearance. The Longs prove that she was pushing the limits of technology and simply pushed too far. With the primitive conditions Earhart was flying underand#8212;no radar, unreliable communicationand#8212;she missed Howland Island, her next stop..andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; An expert author and pilot: Elgen Long has more than forty years of combat and civilian flying experience. During World War II, he flew planes virtually identical to the Electra that Earhart flew, making him one of the few living pilots who understands the conditions she flew under. Elgen and his wife, Marie, spent more than twenty-five years, interviewed more than 100 witnesses, and traveled more than 100,000 miles researching this book. .andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; A new movie: andlt;Iandgt;Ameliaandlt;/Iandgt; , starring Hilary Swank, will be released by Fox Searchlight in fall 2009. The screenplay is based on three books, including Elgen and Marie Longand#8217;s andlt;Iandgt;Amelia Earhartandlt;/Iandgt; , and Elgen Long served as a technical advisor to the film..
Elgen M. Long is the only person to have flown solo around the world over both poles. His career includes 40,000 hours of worldwide flying in everything from 1930s Boeing 314 seaplanes to Boeing 747s. During World War II, Navy patrol flights in the Pacific often took him over Howland Island, Earhart's destination on her final flight.
About the Author
Elgen M. Long is a retired Boeing 747 captain with more than 40,000 hours of worldwide airline flying spanning 50 years as a radioman and navigator, including over 100 U.S. Navy combat missions during World War II, and patrols over Howland Island, where Amelia Earhart disappeared. He is the holder of 15 world records and/or firsts, most notably as the first person to fly around the world solo, touching down on seven continents and flying over both the North and South Poles, in 1971.andnbsp; Mr. Long lives in Reno, Nevada.Marie K. Long, a former public relations consultant with the Western Aerospace Museum (now theandnbsp;Oakland Aviation Museum) in Oakland, CA., and wife of Elgen Long, passed away in 2003.
Table of Contents
1 Tragedy Near Howland Island
2 In the Shadow of History
3 The Legend Begins
4 Preparations for the World Flight
5 The Flight to Honolulu
6 The Crash at Honolulu
7 Preparing for the Second World Flight
8 World Flight Resumes — Oakland to Miami
9 World Flight — Miami to Dakar
10 World Flight — Dakar to Singapore
11 World Flight — Singapore to Lae, New Guinea
12 Preparing for the Lae-to-Howland Flight
13 The Itasca and Howland Island
14 The Search for Earhart
15 Examining the Evidence
16 Solving the Mystery
Flight Log for Earhart's Around-the-World-Flight
The Electra's Fuel Consumption
The Authors and Their Contributors
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