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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
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Artist
Unidentified Artist
Agency
Acme Newspictures, Inc.
Sitter
Amelia Mary Earhart, 24 Jul 1897 - c. 2 Jul 1937
Date
1936
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 20.8 x 15.8cm (8 3/16 x 6 1/4")
Sheet: 21.5 x 16.5cm (8 7/16 x 6 1/2")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6cm (18 x 14")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Acme Newspictures, Inc./Getty Images
Object number
NPG.93.149
Exhibition Label
Earhart sits in the unfinished engine casing of the Lockheed Electra in this photograph. With its two engines and state-of-the-art communications equipment, the Electra was one of the most advanced aircrafts ever built. When she was not lecturing to public audiences, overseeing her new Los Angeles–based flying school, or teaching at Purdue, Earhart immersed herself in planning for an around-the-world flight. During this period, she also recruited two experienced navigators, Harry Manning and Fred Noonan, to accompany her. On March 17, 1937, they took off from Oakland, heading southwest to their first destination, Hawaii. This attempt at circumnavigating the globe was abandoned shortly thereafter when Earhart lost control of the plane during a take-off from Honolulu. The damaged Electra had to be shipped back to California for repairs, and the much-anticipated trip was suddenly in jeopardy.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery