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Amelia Earharts Last Flight There is nothing special about flying around the world George Putnam told his wife Amelia People have already done it Earhart 73 Yes Amelia replied but nobody has ever done it at the Equator where the distance around the earth is the greatest Earhart 73 On June 1 1937 Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan departed Miami Florida bound for California by traveling around the world The first destination was San Juan Puerto Rico From there they would go to the northeast edge of South America across the Atlantic Ocean to Africa and the Red Sea The flight to Karachi then part of India was another firstno one had ever flown non-stop from the Red Sea to India before From Karachi the Lockheed Electra flew to Calcutta on June 17 From there they flew on to Rangoon Bangkok Singapore and Bandoeng Monsoon weather prevented departure from Bandoeng for several days It was June 27 before Earhart and Noonan were able to leave Bandoeng for Port Darwin Australia Earhart reached Lae in New Guinea on June 29 At this point they had flown 22000 miles and there were 7000 more to go The next stop was Howland Island a small piece of land that would be their refueling stop on the way to the Hawaiian Islands It was 2556 miles away from Lae and surrounded by nothing but ocean The US Coast Guard cutter Itasca was at the island to keep in radio contact At first everything seemed to go well Earhart radioed she was making good progress and was within 100 miles of the island Later she radioed KHAQQ cling calling Itasca We must be on you but cannot see you gas is running low Lovell 283 After several more messages she gave what she believed to be her position then the radio went dead The cutter
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