First Lady of the Air: A Piece of Her Plane Identified?

From an October 29th report on the Fox News website (hat-tip to space-time on the MacResource Forum):

Amelia Earhart plane fragment identified

By Rossella Lorenzi

A fragment of Amelia Earhart’s lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since her plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

New research strongly suggests that a piece of aluminum aircraft debris recovered in 1991 from Nikumaroro, an uninhabited atoll in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, does belong to Earhart’s twin-engined Lockheed Electra.

The search for Amelia Earhart is about to continue in the pristine waters of a tiny uninhabited island, Nikumaroro, between Hawaii and Australia. . .

Which of course put me in mind of the Country Gentlemen song from 1966:

The photo on the YouTube video is of a later (1971) edition of the Gents (with Doyle Lawson and Bill Emerson).  Here’s the cover of the 1966 album on Rebel with “Amelia Earhart,” featuring Charlie Waller, John Duffy, Eddie Adcock, and Bill Yates; and the words to the song, written in 1937 by Texas songwriter David (“Red River Dave”) McEnery, as “Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight”:

Oh a ship out on the ocean just a speck against the sky
Amelia Earhart’s flight was set that day
With her partner Captain Noonan on the second of July
Her plane fell in the ocean far away

There’s a beautiful beautiful field
Far away in a land that is fair
Happy landings to you Amelia Earhart
Farewell first lady of the air

A half an hour later an s.o.s. was heard
The signal weak but still her voice was brave
In shark-infested waters her plane went down that night
In the blue Pacific to a watery grave.

Now you have heard my story of that awful tragedy
And prayed that she might fly on safe again
In years to come when others blaze a trail across the sky
We’ll never forget Amelia and her plane.


“Happy landings to you Amelia Earhart
“Farewell first lady of the air.”

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