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    Re: Amelia Earhart's aerial navigation
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 Oct 27, 18:45 -0700

    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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