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On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart flew away from a town called Lae in the South Pacific. Earhart was attempting to circumnavigate the globe. After taking off from Lae, she disappeared. The Superhero Historians will investigate her life, her final flight, and the possible outcomes to that flight.
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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Earhart’s First Attempt

Dorothy Duckinsie, Invention / Things Historian

Did you know that Amelia Earhart made two attempt to fly around the world?  On the first attempt she started in Oakland, CA and flew to Honolulu, HI.  When taking off from Hawaii for the second stretch the plane crashed.  The flight was canceled and the plane shipped back to California.  This first attempt started on March 17, 1937.

The crash in 1937 was called ground-looping.  Ground-looping means that one wing rises suddenly and the other wing can touch the ground.  That sounds pretty scary.  Earhart and witnesses say that a tire blew on takeoff.  Paul Mantz, who was on-board the flight, says it was pilot error.

The first attempt went from East to West while the second flight attempt went from West to East.

By: Dorothy Duckinsie, Invention / Things Historian
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