Lockheed Model 10E Electra
Amelia Earhart flew the Lockheed Model 10E Electra with her co-pilot Fred Noonan in an attempt to fly around the world. Fred and Amelia chose the Model 10E Electra because she was a well built and proven aircraft they thought would give them the best chance to accomplish this incredible feat. Aviation was still in it’s infancy in 1937 and what Amelia was attempting to do was extremely difficult and dangerous for any aviator.
The Lockheed Model 10 Electra was made famous because of Amelia Earhart’s tragic disappearance somewhere near her intended destination, Howland Island (0°48′24″N 176°36′59″W Coordinates: 0°48′24″N 176°36′59″W) on July 2, 1937. The Lockheed Model 10E Electra and Amelia Earhart are forever linked in history. To this day, Amelia Earhart’s disappearance is shrouded in mystery and controversy. This was one of the 20th centuries greatest mysteries and still remains unsolved today!
In Search of Amelia Earhart ✈️ 1976 ✈️ hosted by Leonard Nimoy
However, in March of 2018 new research claims that bones found on a remote Pacific island eight decades ago are indeed Amelia Earhart’s. Could this be true? Have they really found Amelia Earhart? If this is true, one of the GREATEST mysteries of all time has finally been solved. This would be an incredible turn of events and would finally answer all sorts of questions.
The bones were found on the Pacific island of Nikumaroro in 1940 and were examined in 1941 by Dr. D. W. Hoodless, principal of the Central Medical School in Fiji. He concluded that the bones found belonged to a male and since that time the bones have been lost. A new study concludes that Dr. Hoodless was wrong in his analysis and those bones were indeed Amelia Earhart’s.
The new study contends that the science of forensic pathology was not as advanced as it is now and points out that this could have definitely affected his analysis. Forensic anthropology was not as advanced in the early 20th century as it is today but without those remains, it can not be proven if these were really Amelia Earhart’s bones and it is just a theory.
Lockheed Electra Airplane
The Lockheed Electra Airplane was designed in the 1930’s by Lockheed to be a passenger plane. It was designed to compete against the Boeing 247 and Douglas DC-2. The Lockheed Model 10E Electra became famous and forever intertwined with Amelia Earhart because of her ill-fated flight around the world which ended in tragedy on July 2, 1937.
There were several variation of the Model 10 Electra which was an American built all metal monoplane with twin engines. Hall Hibbard designed the Model 10 Electra to be a light airliner which first flew in February 23, 1934 and quickly went into production in 1935. Only 149 Model 10 Electra’s were built with Amelia Earhart’s modified Electra 10E being one of them.
The U.S. Government banned the use of single engine aircraft for carrying passengers and night flying in October 1934. Aviation was not as efficient back then as it is today. Especially, the engines which were known to fail. Should the only engine on the aircraft fail, it would certainly be a disaster. This is why Lockheed’s Model 10 Electra was born and could fly with one engine should one fail.
The Lockheed Model 10 Electra was a revolutionary design in 1935. It wasn’t long before the orders started coming in from US-based airlines and several European operators as well. The Model 10 Electra was in Latin America too! The first airline to use the Model 10 Electras was Cubana de Aviación for its domestic routes starting in 1935.
We all know the most famous use of the Electra was the highly modified Model 10E flown by legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her co-pilot Fred Noonan. As you can see in the image above, the Model 10E Electra Amelia flew into history was fitted with extra fuel tanks and other modifications.
Lockheed Model 10 Electra Cockpit
Below, you can see Amelia sitting in her Lockheed Model 10 Electra Cockpit for a photo op in 1937 before her around the world flight later that year. As you can see she looks right at home in the cockpit which was state-of-the-art at the time and very comfortable compared to other cockpits from that time period.
Comfort was the last thing on the mind of engineers but the Lockheed Model 10 Electra cockpit would be different for several reasons. One being that the flight deck was roomier with more padding in the pilots seat for a more comfortable flight. Every pilot in the world wanted to fly the Model 10 Electra. It wasn’t just because of the cockpit.
The Lockheed Model 10 Electra was an all steel constructed monoplane. It was rugged and tough and built to land on the hardest runways in the world. There weren’t many paved runways back in 1937 so you needed an airplane with rugged landing gear able to handle the stresses of taking off and landing on dirt and grass runways.
Inside the Lockheed Model 10 Electra Cockpit were all the bells and whistles a pilot could expect to find in a cockpit in 1935 and even today. Just like the airplane itself, the Lockheed Model 10 Electra Cockpit was ahead of it’s time. Amelia and her crew made the cockpit even better with more state-of-the-art equipment not found on a standard Model 10 Electra.
Facts About Amelia Earhart
Here are some fun Facts About Amelia Earhart you may not have known about. Amelia Mary Earhart was born July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, U.S. She was the first women to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Amelia also holds many early aviation records. She is a true pioneer, legendary aviatrix and an American icon!
Which is why her disappearance on July 2, 1937 has baffled investigators and historians for eight decades now. Even younger generations know who Amelia Earhart is so her disappearance is still one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of all time but that may not be the case any longer. That’s because of a newly discovered photo that may blow this case wide open.
Ever hear that old saying? A picture is worth a thousand words! Well, there it is right below for all the world to see. What you’re looking at is a photo of what appears to be Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan and their Model 10E Electra on the back of a Japanese ship.
Earlier, I shared some evidence discovered from a recent report in March of 2018 claiming that remains found on the Pacific island of Nikumaroro in 1940 were indeed Amelia Earhart’s. I’m sorry for getting your hopes up but that report could not prove those remains were Amelia’s because the bone fragments were lost decades ago.
In the end, that 2018 report was nothing more than another theory. I thought it was an interesting report right up to the part when they said the bones were lost. It’s easy to speculate and make assumptions but without those bones for DNA testing, why say anything at all. There is no proof to back up their theory even though it may be a good one.
Finding Amelia Earhart Mystery by the Discovery Channel in HD
We may never really know what happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan but a never before seen photo has surfaced. It has been authenticated to be real. You saw the photo above for yourself. There is an uncanny resemblance to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan in that photo even though we can not be 100% certain.
Make sure you take the time to watch the amazing History Channel documentary as they explain this photo and so much more. This is a MUST WATCH video if you want to know the truth! Please let me know what you think happened to Amelia Earhart in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you guys think about this photo and what your thoughts are on the documentary.
Even though Amelia Earhart failed to fly around the world. She still lives on in history and is a pioneer for woman in aviation. Amelia was a whole lot more than just an aviator. She was also a person who loved life and was loved by her husband, family and friends. We often forget that celebrities like Amelia are people too!
I truly hope that someday we get the real story behind the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. Amelia’s last flight is still a mystery! However, the documentary seems to suggest that they are closer than ever before to solving one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 20th century.
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