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Flight of Courage
By: Jason J.
Philippines, Age 10


Nine days after aviatrix Amelia Earhart went missing somewhere in Howland Island, the world is still hoping to see the Lockheed Electra 10E with its pilot Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan alive.
On June 1, 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan left Miami in their quest to circumnavigate the globe, having numerous stops in South America, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Southeast Asia. They arrived in Lae, New Guinea last June 29, 1937 after completing 22,000 miles (35,000 km)of the journey. They took off from Lae to Howland Island on July 2, 1937 to complete the remaining 7,000 miles (11,000 km) journey all over the Pacific.
In the midst of the flight to their destination, Howland Island which is a flat silver land of 6,500 ft long and 1,600 ft wide, 10 ft high, they went missing at their last known position near Nukumanu Islands. Her last radio transmission of''We are on the line 157 337. We will repeat this message. We will repeat this on 6210 kilocycles. Wait.'' However, a few moments later she was back on the same frequency (3105 kHz) with a transmission which was logged as a ''questionable'': ''We are running on line north and south.'' Earlier transmissions cited low on gas, unable to hear radio transmissions.
Air and sea search efforts are being exerted to full force until now. There were several speculations, theories but still undetermined and unverifiable on the disappearance of the noted American aviation pioneer and author, Amelia Mary Earhart. She was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, US; married to George Putnam.
Amelia Earhart will always be known as the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross and awarded for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
In a letter to her husband, written in case a dangerous flight proved to be her last, her courage was evident: ''Please know I am quite aware of the hazards,'' she said. ''I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.''

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