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    Amelia Earhart's aerial navigation
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 Oct 22, 16:38 -0700

    I thought it might be interesting to get a conversation going about Amelia 
    Earhart's navigation --really Fred Noonan's navigation-- on their ill-fated 
    circum-navigation back in 1937. There's a movie opening this week, "Amelia", 
    produced by and starring Hilary Swank as Earhart. It's getting beat up pretty 
    bad in the early reviews (currently at a dismal 22% fresh on 
    RottenTomatoes.com: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/amelia_2009/), but I'm 
    sure many of us will see it eventually.
    
    So... I know next to nothing about their navigation. Gary Lapook knows lots, 
    and I expect I'm setting you up for some typing, Gary. :-)
    
    I'll just start off with some basic questions: what kind of sextant did they 
    carry on that flight? Did they have multiple instruments? Were their 
    different instruments during various legs of the flight? At what altitude 
    would sights have been taken (or did it matter)? I remember a discussion a 
    few years ago of a proposed theory claiming that Noonan didn't understand the 
    correction for the Moon's parallax... that theory struck me as pretty 
    light-weight at the time. Can we dismiss it? Did Earhart herself know any 
    celestial navigation?
    
    Thanks in advance to any and all who can fill me in on this.
    
    -FER
    PS: Hey, Gary: when you visited Mystic back in 2008, did you get a chance to 
    drive by the house where Amelia married George Putnam in Noank?
    
    
    
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