2 July 1937

Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra 10E Special, NR16020, takes off from Lae, Territory of New Guinea, 10:00 a.m., 2 July 1937

2 July 1937: At approximately 10:00 a.m., local time, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan departed Lae, Territory of New Guinea, aboard their Lockheed Electra 10E Special, NR16020, enroute to Howland Island, 2,243 nautical miles (2,581 statute miles/4,154 kilometers) east-northeast across the South Pacific Ocean. The airplane was loaded with 1,100 gallons (4,164 liters) of gasoline, sufficient for 24 to 27 hours of flight.

They were never seen again.

Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra 10E, NR16020, prior to takeoff at Lae, Territory of New Guinea.
Great Circle route from Lae, Territory of New Guinea, to the Howland Runways, (N. 0° 48′ 29″, W. 176° 36′ 57″) on Howland Island (United States Minor Outlying Islands). 2,243 nautical miles (2,581 statute miles/4,154 kilometers). (Great Circle Mapper)

#ff0000;">HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: FINDING AMELIA: the true story of the Earhart disappearance, by Ric Gillespie. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2006.

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Bryan R. Swopes grew up in Southern California in the 1950s–60s, near the center of America's aerospace industry. He has had a life-long interest in aviation and space flight. Bryan is a retired commercial helicopter pilot and flight instructor.

5 thoughts on “2 July 1937

  1. All the theories that she and her navigator survived somehow are false hopes. Simply tan out of fuel and crashed into the sea. Maybe one day these deep sea dives will find the airplane.

    1. TDiA found “FINDING AMELIA: the true story of the Earhart disappearance,” by Ric Gillespie. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2006, to be very convincing.

  2. Across the Pacific with just one generator (Right engine) and one radio direction finder which she hadn’t properly calibrated and tested before flight.
    With all the radio transmissions from USCG ship Itasca near Howland, it would have been a no-brainer for Earhart to get a bearing on the ship within a 100 miles at altitude had she properly trained to use the Bendix equipment. The tube radios draw a lot of amps and she was stupid not to have a back up DF and a 2nd generator installed on the left engine for additional (and back-up) electrical power. She was more of a publicity hound than an aviator.

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