6 June 1937

Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan at Natal, Brazil, 7 June 1937. (The Wichita Eagle)
Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan at Natal, Brazil, 7 June 1937. (The Wichita Eagle)

6 June 1937: Leg 9. After a one-day layover at Fortaleza, Brazil, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan flew 267 miles (429 kilometers) to Natal and readied for their trans-Atlantic crossing the following day.

“We got into the air at 4:50 a.m. and arrived at Natal at 6:44, so our day’s work was done almost before conventional breakfast time. However, we had wanted to reach Natal early, on the chance we might start thence across the South Atlantic that evening.”

—Amelia Earhart

Straight line distance between Fortaleza and Natal, Brazil: 266.59 miles (429.04 kilometers). (Google Maps)

© 2016, Bryan R. Swopes