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    Re: Amelia Earhart's aerial navigation
    From: Jackie Ferrari
    Date: 2009 Oct 28, 19:31 -0000

    Frank,
    Thanks for the reply. I dont think there is a photo of the pelorus online
    but there is one opposite p326 in The Sound of Wings by Mary Lovell. This
    has a caption reading 'The instrument mounted on the tripod is a
    pelorus(sighting device for the compass)."   In the same picture there is
    what looks like either an air speed indicator or an altimeter. Unfortunately
    I cannot scan it as I am aboard a boat and only have my laptop.
    
    Thanks for the comments on Fred's character. You mention about a scene where
    he 'hits on' Amelia. Certainly there was specualtion at the time about the
    two of them, fuelled probably by Fred's reputation as a 'lady's man'. Amelia
    never really struck me as 'that sort' in my readings of her , although some
    claim she was having an affair with Gene Vidal. I cant really comment
    knowledgeably on her but I would hazard a strong guess that she wasnt Fred's
    type! He seemed to go more for the flapper type . In addition he was only
    two months married to his second wife.
    
    Regarding the navigational aspects of the fateful flight I would recommend
    to those interested, the following books.
    
    Amelia Earhart by Elgen Long (who was the advisor to the film)
    Earhart's Final Flight into Yesterday by Captain Laurance Safford.
    
    I would dearly love one of you knowledgeable navigators to read and comment
    ,as I have spent ten years learning celestial navigation in order that I
    might understand this  aspect of the flight, but I really am just an
    armchair novice compared to you guys.
    
    Jackie Ferrari.
    
    
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    Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 1:45 AM
    Subject: [NavList 10289] Re: Amelia Earhart's aerial navigation
    
    
    
    Jackie, you wrote:
    "One of the few things we know for sure is there was a pelorus fitted on a
    bracket at the starboard window which I understood him to have used to take
    bearings. This is shown in several photographs."
    
    Can anyone point me to one of these photos somewhere online? I tried to find
    one. Based on the text descriptions I've found of the gear in the
    navigator's station on the Electra, I would now guess that the current film
    got the details exactly correct visually.
    
    And you wrote:
    "I havent seen the film yet, but I have heard it pays scant attention to
    Noonan. But at least this time round they get the resemblance right.
    Apparently he is portayed as unintelligent and boisterous. Quite the
    opposite. He was highly intelligent and quiet spoken."
    
    I wouldn't say that he's portrayed as 'unintelligent' --it's just that his
    character is barely fleshed out --"scant attention" just as you say. As for
    being 'boisterous', the rumors of drinking come up early and there's a
    speculative scene where he very mildly hits on Earhart while drinking the
    night before the last flight. He (the character) apologizes the next morning
    and all is forgiven and forgotten. Though that's all pure speculation, it
    wouldn't surprise me if the issue had arisen at some point during the
    circum-navigation given Earhart's well-known extra-marital activities and
    given the amount of time they spent together. Like I say, it's not played in
    the film as salacious gossip. It simply calls attention to something that
    every viewer has to be thinking.
    
    I think the square door I thought I saw, and mentioned previously, was a
    perspective trick. I checked the trailers online, hoping for a shot of
    Noonan's navigation station with the pelorus, and saw a different angle on
    the door --not square.
    
    -FER
    
    
    
    
    
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