Amelia Earhart- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

10 Feb

People have imitated Amelia Earhart in many ways.

Earhart Light (also known as the Amelia Earhart Light), a navigational day beacon on Howland Island (has not been maintained and is crumbling).

In 1967, Ann Dearing Holtgren Pellegreno and a crew of three successfully flew a similar aircraft (a Lockheed 10A Electra) to complete a world flight that closely mirrored Earhart’s flight plan. On the 30th anniversary of her disappearance, Pellegreno dropped a wreath in Earhart’s honor over tiny Howland Island and returned to Oakland, completing the 28,000-mile (45,000 km) commemorative flight on July 7, 1967.

Through the efforts of Earhart and other proponents of aviation like the female pilot’s association, the Ninety-Nines, many women have earned their pilots license. Despite their encouragement the Federal Aviation Administration reports that only 6% of U.S. pilots are female.

And now the UGLY.  Check out “Shy La Buff Burlesque” on YouTube to see Earhart in a scarf, helmet, boots and well, you just have to see it yourself.


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  1. filo vance

    January 19, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    The video is gone! There have been many ‘prank’ exhibits about AE & Fred. Halloween of 2013 on eBay had AE’s shrunken head (a good if gruesom likeness, complete with anatomically correct full-size skull, grayish ‘leather flesh’ stretched tight and real human hair done approximately as AE’s short tassled look & coloration).The seller, we believe, had done such with other famous individuals, since references were supplied.
    Some place over the intervening years since their disappearance, pliable models much like the GI-Joe series have been marketed of both AE & Fred. The appeal of these to young readers, however, comes in second to the Amelia dolls – made over the last 70-years by various toy manufacturers… these have become regular collector’s treasures; the last that I know of somehow associated with Snoopy & te Red Baron! The most highly sought-after is that of Amelia in cover-alls type flight suit with a brightly colored scarf below her helmeted/goggled head, regularly sells for $25 and up!

    • Bob


      January 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Phil (Filo), thanks for all your comments. You have great insight and are very observant. I don’t know whether to laugh or feel disdain for all the weird Earhart “collectibles ” out there. I will just shake my head. Bob

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