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    Re: Amelia Earhart Report
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2011 Mar 6, 17:40 -0800
    Long's book is the best one out there. He used the same methodology that I did. I have some differences with him. He places the uncertainty of airborne celestial LOPs at +/- 15 NM and I use +/- 7 NM which is in keeping with all the text books and also with the Federal Aviation Regulation requirement. His assumption ends with a larger area of uncertainty than mine. I also disagree with his explanation of why they didn't land at Dakar, see my posts last month about this.




    Another disagreement with him is that he marks out 90 degrees  of of the circle as having reduced visibility due to the glare of the sun. I measured the glare on the sea at sunset with my sextant and it is only 5 degrees wide.

    As you can see, these are minor disagreements and don't change the conclusions much.

    Regarding the experimental high frequency DF equipment on Howland, there are no documents showing that Earhart knew of its existence, it appears that it was a last minute addition by Mr. Black when sailing out on the Itasca. You would think that if she did know about a plan to have it installed on Howland that in one of her radiograms to Itasca she would have asked to have its installation confirmed before relying on it yet there is no mention of it in her messages.


    --- On Sun, 3/6/11, Greg R. <gregr_ingest@yahoo.com> wrote:

    From: Greg R. <gregr_ingest@yahoo.com>
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Amelia Earhart Report
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Date: Sunday, March 6, 2011, 4:12 PM

    > Looks like it was a turtle bone that TIGHAR found Nikumororo.

    LOL! What a surprise (not...). Though it probably still won't stop Ric and his band of merry "explorers" from enticing even more people to help bankroll their wild-goose chase expeditions. Has anyone ever really thought about the fact that her radio transmissions were really strong (signal level 5, according to the Itasca radio log) up until the time she disappeared, and if they'd managed to land anywhere that was above water the radio would still be operable (granted with no fuel they couldn't run the plane's generator(s), but the ship's batteries should have lasted at least long enough for them to get out a distress call - or several).

    I went back and looked at some of my Earhart source material, and it turns out that the Itasca had set up a DF station on Howland that would work on frequencies that she was using, but apparently the batteries went dead before they were in range and could use the DF steer.

    Have you ever read _Ameila Earhart - The Mystery Solved_ (Elgen and Marie Long)? The authors make a very compelling case for their theory (also backed by a ton of research, interviews, etc.) - no bizarre conspiracy theories, just an honest reporting of the facts and the obvious conclusions (which also happens to agree with my own theory about what happened to them, and that the plane is at the bottom of the ocean somewhere NW of Howland).



    ----- Original Message ----- From: Gary LaPook
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2011 10:49 PM
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Amelia Earhart Report

    Looks like it was a turtle bone that TIGHAR found Nikumororo.
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