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    Re: Amelia Earhart's aerial navigation
    From: Jackie Ferrari
    Date: 2009 Oct 28, 19:36 -0000

    The caption under the photo of the pelorus in Mary Lovell's book says it was
    a sighting device for the compass. I also read someplace that one method of
    measuring drift was to sight on the tailplane. Do these sound feasible? I
    understood that he had a drift indicator which was used by mounting it on a
    bracket through the slightly open door??  Has anyone heard of this method?
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Ken Gebhart" 
    Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 3:32 AM
    Subject: [NavList 10290] Re: Amelia Earhart's aerial navigation
    > Just chiming in.  I cannot think of any possible use a pelorus would
    > have on an airplane.  A drift Sight would be critical, but not a
    > pelorus.
    > Ken Gebhart
    > On Oct 27, 2009, at 8:45 PM,  wrote:
    >> 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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