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    Re: Earhart's Plane - Search For?
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2011 Apr 26, 23:41 -0700
    Itasca reported cu 40 nm north and west but clear everywhere else.

    I flew a lot in the Bahamas ( Grand Bahama, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Andros, Georgetown Great Exuma, Staniel Cay, Long Island, Great Inagua, Crooked Island, Nassau,) South Caicos, Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, the Virgins and Jamaica.


    --- On Tue, 4/26/11, Greg R. <gregr_ingest@yahoo.com> wrote:

    From: Greg R. <gregr_ingest@yahoo.com>
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Earhart's Plane - Search For?
    To: "NavList" <NavList@fer3.com>
    Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 7:07 PM

    I'll have to go take a look at my source material again, but if I remember right wasn't there a cloud deck around 1000' that day and they had dipped below that altitude in order to try to spot Howland?

    I used to fly out to the Bahamas when I lived in Florida years ago, and know exactly what you're talking about re: cloud shadows looking a lot like a land mass when viewed from the air.


    On 4/25/2011 10:50:28 PM, Gary LaPook (glapook@pacbell.net) wrote:

    > I saw those videos before. The helicopter approach to Howland doesn't
    > accurately show the situation that Earhart was facing. If you have ever
    > flown over the ocean looking for low islands you will recognize how cloud
    > shadows can look a lot like an island as shown in the video. But when
    > Earhart was approaching Howland the sky was clear for 40 NM around
    > the island so no cloud shadows to deal with.

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