I met an older gentleman on Saturday that had his model T's in the movie,"Amelia". He has five of them. Not sure if all were used but I think four were. Parts of the movie was filmed here in Nova Scotia. He has the motor in his shop that was used in the airplane.
Her name is mentioned around here sometimes because there is a plot of land about a mile from here that supposedly belonged to her or her family.It now has trees and a cell phone tower.I helped put out a brush fire there in the mid 80's.
Thanks for the headsup. I heard it wasn't much of a movie, and would have passed it up.
Every couple of years this guy comes up with "new evidence" that Amelia landed on this or that island, and he organizes an expedition to go find her. He charges up to $100K to go, and pockets much of the money. The expedition last year turned up nothing, of course, but he found some tantalizing new clues..
If you want to see factual evidence of crashes, go to www.AircraftWrecks.com .
I imagine "an expedition to go find her" would be a little optimistic. After all, if she is still alive at this point she'd be 115 years old.
I helped with the making of the fake red Lockheed Vega used in the movie. Looked nice for totally unreal
My daughter did a project years ago on "Aviation Mysteries," including Earhart. The TIGHAR group here in Philadelphia, an aviation archeology group, provided lots of help on her project. They are the ones that have found quite a bit of evidence that she crashed on a tiny island called Nikumaroro some 300 miles southeast of Earhart's target destination of Howland Island. Robert Ballard of Titanic and Bizmark fame joined their expedition this summer to use some sophisticated technology to try to locate remains of the plane - unsuccessfully. They've also done research on the fate of the Oiseau Blanc, Nungessors attempt to beat Lindburg, and helped the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum locate the P-61 they're now restoring.
Interesting, In a book I'm reading right now "The Big Hop" it say's she probably crashed somewhere after leaving New Guinea in route to the Howland Islands.It would be great if they could find some evidence sometime.
That's interesting John that you helped make the fake red Vega.
I'm definitely going to try to see the movie.
Mack if that plot of land was hers they should put a marker or a replica of her plane on it. It would be a good tourist attraction.
Amelia and Glover Ruckstell were friends. Ruckstell even bought one of her planes.
I believe she endorsed the Franklin, and for sure endorsed the Hudson Terraplane in about 1935. . Terra plane = land plane.
A woman was near done restoring a copy of her fateful Lockheed Model 10 Electra Junior in Santa Maria, Calif, a couple of years ago. I wonder if that was used in the movie?
Actually she drove a Kissel. It is on display at the Forney Museum in Denver.
From the Forney Museum.
After her parent's divorce, Amelia, her mother and sister Muriel decided to move to Massachusetts. Muriel went ahead by train to begin summer classes at Harvard and established a home near Boston. Amelia and her mother remained behind in Los Angeles for a time.
This was when Amelia bought her Kissel. She did not like the idea of traveling by train across the country and thought that the car excursion would be second only to her dream of flying across the continent. She often called her car the "Kizzle," but later referred to it as the "Yellow Peril." The name seemed quite apt. Those who knew her said she was quite the speedster around town. Amelia confessed that she learned how to fly before she learned how to drive a "motorcar."
Amelia and her mother left Los Angeles for Boston in May 1924, traveling through Sequoia, Yosemite, Lake Louise and Banff. They drove across Canada and arrived in Boston 6 weeks later.
Considering the condition of roads at that time and the rarity of mechanical help, especially in the more remote areas, this was a daring adventure covering 7,000 miles and covering the car with tourist stickers. Cross-continental travel by automobile was still a novelty, so Amelia and her mother were continually stopped by people and asked many questions.
Photo from: The Sound of Wings
She found the bright yellow car, unremarkable in Los Angeles, to draw attention across the country. "The fact that my roadster was a cheerful canary color may have caused some of the excitement. It had been modest enough in California, but was a little outspoken for Boston, I found."
1923 Kissel Speedster
Model 45 "Goldbug"
6 cyl. -- 41 hp
Owned by Amelia Earhart
The Forney Museum had a nice collection of cars. Last time I went back there I wanted to go see it again... alas it was gone. I wonder where the collection ended up.
If you looked closely at the Kissel you could see that the little door in front of the rear wheel was a pull out seat, perfect for plowing through a swarm of flying insects or a sudden squall... better than a "Mother-in-law" seat on a 1910 T!
The Forney Museum is still in Denver but it has moved. It is now located at 4303 Brighton Blvd, Denver CO, 80216. Their phone number is 303-297-1113. They still have a very large collection of cars and a lot on display but they have at least 2 or 3 cars in storage for every one on display.
Here is their link.http://www.forneymuseum.org/
Paul is that like Forney welders too?
Herb, Yes, Forney welding.
Paul, thanks, I looked at the old site and gave up!
Can anyone find the thread with the photo of the preacher shotgun and a lady?
Someone said she looked like Amelia.
Here it is:
Thank you both!
Watched it tonight on Netflakes. The flashbacks were a real distraction in a pretty good story.
Hard to believe they didn't have a way to charge or replace the batteries in the Direction Finder on the Itasca. More important failures were on her part, leaving the raft and CW transmitter in Papua.
A bit of trivia. The Executive Director of the Forney Museum is Christof Kheim. His parents were (probably still are) members of the Horseless Carriage Club here in St Louis, and I knew Christof when he was a teenager (probably about 25 years ago or so). His mother is one of my Facebook friends. She posts infrequently, but often mentions when she has been to Denver and the Forney Museum pops up in her posts a lot.
Christof is a Studebaker guy.
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