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My Life With Amelia Earhart
By GEORGE PALMER PUTNAM
“When I Go I Woulc
Like to Go in M>
Plane Quickly,’
Noted Flyer Said.
The story of the world's most
famous woman aviator, as renowned
personage and as wife, is told here
t>y the flyer's husband, widely
known author and editor, in a series
of articles, of which this is the
sixth and last.
(iX ~X "WHETHER they know i
% \ / or not, flyers love flvini
\f \l because of the aestheti
* ' beauty of flight Itself,'
Amelia Earhart often said.
Frequently I have heard her asked
“What was your greatest thrill?
That question was never quite an
awered. Sometimes she would parr;
with the reminder that, when a ca
swerves out from a side street am
misses your fender by inches, th
memory is quickly forgotten.
Her ow'n flying memories concerned
not the ‘‘thrills’’ of danger, but thos
of beauties seen and experiences en
Joyed. Sunrise over the Atlantic
Diamond Head seen at dawn, ‘ a nigh
of stars so near that you could toucl
them” as she flew over the Pacific
the silver gleam of the moonlit Mis
sissippi glimpsed suddenly througl
clouds on a trans-continental cross
ing—those were the memories tha
lingered with her.
In her cockpit A. E. kept an in
formal, penciled log book. Here ar
verbatim extracts, hinting the flavo
of these air-written records:
From the first Atlantic crossing
1928: ‘ The light of the exhaust i
beginning to show as pink as the las
glow of the sky. Endless foggies. Th
view is too vast and lovely for word
... I am getting housemaid's kne
kneeling here gulping beauty.”
1935 Pacific .light; ‘Ahead ar
golden-edged clouds. Then the gold®
nothingness of sunset beyond. Th
aft cabin is lighted with a weir
green-blue light. Our instrument
show pink, the sky rose-yellow . .
The moon shines on the engine cowl
and into the cockpit. . . . Dayligh
comes at last. The stars fade. W
are over an endless sea of white. I
might be desert. Looking back, th
silhouetted clouds seem like rollin
hills against a twilight sky.”
Had Beautiful New Plane.
Last Summer, chiefly through th
generosity of friends of the Purdu
Research Foundation, associated witl
the University of Lafayette. Ind
A. E.'s dream came true. She wa
able to acquire a two-motor Lockhee<
Electra. a beautiful airplane, whos
special equipment, as she had it buil
for her, provided a cruising radius c
4,000 miles.
With her "flying laboratory,” as i
fame to be called. Purdue's peripateti
professor had planned a year of prac
tical research in aviation. What inter
ested her particularly were the humai
reactions of flying—the effects upoi
passenger and pilot of altitude, food
fatigue ana the like. Originally sh
planned this work first, to be followei
* by the world flight. Then, as the shi|
w-as completed, she decided it was bet
ter to try the flight first and then, witl
nothing hanging over her, undertaki
the research.
She told me that her desire to ge
ft multi-motored plane first took forn
when ahe was flying across 700 mile,
Amelia Earaart. standing in front of one of the motors of
| her Lockheed Electra “flying laboratory
of the Gulf of Mexico on her 1935 solo
hop from Mexico City to New York.
: "Looking down on that rather large
r and wet expanse.” she confided, "]
promised my lovely red Vega that 1
would not take it on any more over
j ocean hops. True, its single Wasp
t engine had never failed me, nor even
> i complained, but I felt that hencefor
, ward for ocean flying I'd like a ship
; with two motors, capable of staying
” | aloft on one.”
> ! She found, as she put it, “the tree
j upon which costly airplanes grow,” and
„ the big Lockheed, with two Wasps in
j stead of one, became hers. Her "pet,”
5 j she called it.
. ] The original route planned for the
> | world flight was east to west. In
t j--—
March she flew to Hawaii, establishing,
by the way, a record for that crossing.
On a take-off in Honolulu the plane
crashed when a landing gear failed or
a tire blew. Which happened first is
| undetermined.
Following the crash we seriously dis
cussed abandoning the flight. This
| she was unwilling to do.
| "Please don't be concerned." she
said to me. "It just seems that I must
j try this flight. I have weighed it all
; carefully. I want to do it."
The world flight wTas to have been
A. E. 's last grave undertaking.
"There's just about one more good
flight left in my system." she said to
me. adding with a twinkle: "I'm get
ting old and ought to make wav for
the younger generation before I'm fee
ble.”
She refused to make any announce
ment of this intention before the
flight. She felt there was time enough
for that when it was behind her and
we were ready to disclose the other
activities which lay alluringly be
fore us.
A. E. often said that, on her solo
Atlantic flight, her chances of success
were one to ten, and on the Honolulu
Oakland hop fifty-fifty. What per
centage she reckoned on this world
flight I do not know. I do know that
she recognized its risks. During all
our years together, the shadow of
danger hung over her, frankly recog
nized.
"Some day,” she would say. ‘‘I'll be
bumped off." And then likely she
would add: ‘‘When I go I would like
best to go in my plane. Quickly.”
The Last Flight.
From June 1. when she left Miami
with Fred Noonan, her navigator, to
July 2, her flight around the world at
its waistline progressed brilliantly.
She flew t-. Natal, in Brazil, thence
over the South Atlantic. She crossed
the deserts of mid-Africa and made
the first non-stop flight from the Red
Sea over the forbidden shores of
Arabia to Karachi, in India. Thence
she followed the airline route to Port
Darwin, in Australia, and eastward
another 1,200 miles to Lae. New
Guinea. I.i all the 22,000 miles of
flying from California, with 30 or
more separate stops at strange air
ports in strange lands, there was not
a mishap or error in piloting.
On July, 2, A. E. and Fred Noonan
shoved off from Lae for the 2.550-mile
water jump to the tiny island of
Howland in mid-Pacific. They never
reached Howland.
Of that finis. Dudley Field Malone
wrote this verse:
To Amelia Earhart.
Lovely bronzed lady with the tousled
hair—
Stand on the farthest ailver tip of
your dear plane
And look them in the face—these
craven men—
As even Christ looked searching eyes
at other men when Mary sought
his arms.
They say you flew for fame—you, of
of all girls, who'd flown the seven
seas.
They say you flew without a purpose
to pursue—
You with new instruments testing
both wind and spare.
You flew, my dear, straight to the
world of God
There were no routes you had not
charted here.
And when you looked at Death, "her
sable skirts all fringed with light,”
I know you said, with starlight in
your eyes,
"Dear God. what fools men are to
fear this loveliness!"
(Copyright. 1037 by the North American
Newspaper Alliance, Inc.)
•-'• ■■
DOG DOOMED BY COURT
TO DIE, WINS ON APPEAL
Widow, Who Depends on P*t for
Protection, Is Acquitted in
Highest Tribunal.
By the Associated Press.
SKOWHEGAN, Me., September 24.
—June, handsome German shepherd
dog which Mrs. Mattie Perkins has
come to regard as her "protector,”
won't have to die.
A Superior Court jury acquitted
June’s aged mistress yesterday of
keeping a vicious and dangerous dog.
The widow had appealed a Munici
pal Court conviction which brought
from Judge Maurice P. Merrill a sen
tence of death for the dog..
Harry A. Dinsmore, 80-year-old
Skowhegan Insurance agent, repeated
today before a jury headed by a
woman . his charge that June had
bitten him July 21 while he walked
across Mrs. Perkins’ garden.
Judge George L. Emery in his
charge told the jury that under the
statute a complainant must have
been peaceably walking or riding and
not a trespasser when attacked.
Three-decker sandwiches have just
invaded London.
M X • I I/O | •
COUNCIL FOR R. E. A.
PREPARES DENIAL
Br th« Aisociated Praia.
Rural electrification lawyer* are pre
paring a sharp denial of the Alabama
Power Co.’s charge that the agency
operated in competition with private
business.
The company asked the Federal Dis
trict Court Wednesday to issue an in
junction against loans to the Cherokee
County Electrical Membership Corp.
of Alabama.
“The shoe is on the other foot,"
said V. D. Nicholson, R. E. A. general
counsel. “We didn’t interfere with
their business. They are trying to
interfere with ours.”
Nicholson said the R. E. A. answer,
which probably will be filed soon, will
tell the court the Alabama Power Co.
did not care about rural service until
the farmers’ co-operatives made ar- i
rangements to build distribution lines !
with Government money.
“Then they got busy,’’ he declared, !
"and tried to wreck the projects.'*
SILVER SPRING P.-T. A.
BEGINS SAFETY DRIVE
Special Dispatch to Tha Star.
SILVER SPRING, Md., September
24.—Aroused by several recent acci
dents involving school children, the
Parent-Teacher Association of the
East Silver Spring Elementary School
has begun a safety campaign.
As its initial step the group will ask
the immmedite erection of markers
near the school to caution motorists.
In addition the association will ask
♦ A—V
the County Commissioners to build a
walk or street between Silver Spring
and Thayer avenue, to connect with
Carroll lane.
The association adopted a testimo
nial honoring the memory of Mrs.
Lloyd Y. Beers, one-time president of
the organization.
Prank Smith was named delegate
to the Montgomery County Parent
Teacher Association.
U. G. E. Meet* Tonight.
The United Government Employes
will meet at 8 p m. tonight in the
Garnett Patterson High School audi
torium at Tenth and U streets The
membership campaign for 5.000 Fed
eral and District workers will be
discussed.
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