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    Re: Amelia Earhart's aerial navigation
    From: Ken Gebhart
    Date: 2009 Oct 27, 22:32 -0500

    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
    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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