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Amelia Earhart; The Final Story

Loomis, Vincent V., and Ethell, Jeffrey L.

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ISBN 10: 0394531914 / ISBN 13: 9780394531915
Published by Random House, New York, 1985
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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xv, [1], 159, [1] pages. Appendices. Bibliography. Index. Slight DJ wear. Jeffrey Ethell (1947-1997) was an American author who wrote extensively on aviation and military matters. Starting at a remarkably young age, Ethell, published an extensive series of technical studies of WWII-era aircraft and eventually authored 60 books and over 1,000 magazine articles covering all aspects of aviation. He soloed at 18 and logged over 4,800 hours in over 210 different types of aircraft, including most of the various warbirds of the allied and Axis sides from WWII. His works on color photography of the World War II era brought to life an era which too many thought had only been filmed in black and white. While attending college in Tennessee in the 1960s, Ethell received several research grants from the National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution,[4] and went on to guest lecture extensively at numerous colleges and academic institutes. His co-authored study of the first American daylight attack on Berlin has often been compared to the works of Cornelius Ryan and Stephen Ambrose in presenting a balanced account of one of the most pivotal events of World War II, the first daylight deep penetration raid against the capital of Nazi Germany. Derived from a Kirkus review: The meat here is in the last two chapters. In 1928 Earhart became the first woman to fly the Atlantic and found herself famous. The fame was secured by publisher G. P. Putnam getting a book out on her, helping her break flying records, and putting her on the lecture circuit so often that she never had time to become a first-class pilot. She was the second most famous pilot in the world. She was also a hidebound egoist and married Putnam while making it plain that she did not expect him to be faithful to her--or her to him. On the round-the-world last flight, it's known that her navigator was quite hungover when they took off from New Guinea; they hit bad weather and drifted off course. According to Loomis' convincing research, she drifted right into the Marshall Islands, a supremely sensitive Japanese Mandate with a secret military airfield, crash-landed, and with her navigator was interned. The Japanese said they'd look for her but their ships' logs and secret-message traffic reveal no search what-soever--since her whereabouts were well known. Loomis interviews natives who saw her crash and capture, and other first-hand witnesses to her internment and death from dysentery 18 months later. Bookseller Inventory # 75276

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Title: Amelia Earhart; The Final Story

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

Edition: First Edition [stated].

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An Air Force pilot who discovered the wreckage that he claims was Amelia Earhart's "Electra" describes his discovery and the research that turned up the log of a Japanese ship that picked up Earhart, the path of her flight, and the facts of her last days

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