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Amelia Earhart, Wilmer Stultz and Lewis Gordon

Amelia Earhart, Wilmer Stultz and Lewis Gordon
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Amelia Mary Earhart, 24 Jul 1897 - c. 2 Jul 1937
Wilmer A. Stultz, 1900 - 1929
Lewis Edward Gordon, 1901 - 1964
Gelatin silver print
Image: 19 x 14.2cm (7 1/2 x 5 9/16")
Sheet: 20.3 x 15.2cm (8 x 6")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6cm (18 x 14")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Two months after Amy Guest’s invitation, Earhart—together with Wilmer "Bill" Stultz, seen at left, and Louis "Slim" Gordon, at right—left Boston in Guest’s plane, Friendship. Their immediate destination was Newfoundland, the jumping-off point for their transatlantic voyage. On June 17, 1928, after a series of unsuccessful take-offs, they departed from Trepassy Harbor and immediately encountered miserable weather. Although they feared that they had gotten off course and might have to ditch the plane in the ocean, they reached Burry Port, Wales, after twenty hours of flying. They were almost completely out of fuel. Stultz served as the pilot and Gordon as the chief mechanic. Guest paid both men handsomely for their services. Earhart, in contrast, received no money. Furthermore, she never piloted the plane during the flight, which she readily acknowledged. Privately, though, it bothered her. As she later said, "I was just baggage, like a sack of potatoes."
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