SDASM Receives Amelia Plane

Image from the upcoming movie Amelia

Avalon Pictures recently donated the Lockheed Vega prop airplane used in the upcoming film Amelia starring Hilary Swank. The film takes us through the life of Amelia Earhart and her adventurous, thrill-seeking spirit. Visitors will have the chance to see the plane used for filming the scenes in which Amelia flew solo across the Atlantic.

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, and from a very early age was intrigued by women who were successful in predominantly male fields, keeping a scrapbook of newspaper clippings. When she caught the flying bug it was no wonder that she approached it for the thrill of it and with defiance, since there were few female pilots at the time. Her public life began with the Friendship Flight in 1932 in which Amelia was tapped to be the first female to cross the Atlantic as a passenger. Publicity for the flight nicknamed her "Lady Lindy", which she is still referred to today. The name is a nod to Charles Lindbergh, the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic just a year before. Earhart would later also fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932, making her the first female to do so. Her aviation career consisted of air racing, breaking numerous records, speaking engagements, and a couple of books.

One of Amelia's finest moments as a pilot was to also be her last as she set out to be the first women to fly the around the world. Her disappearance, which occurred somewhere near Howland Island in July 1937, launched the most extensive air and sea search in US Naval history and cost over $4 million dollars. Amelia, her navigator Fred Noonan, and the plane, a Lockheed Electra, has never been found although there are dozens of theories as to what may have happened. This film promises to deliver her public life as a pilot and an advocate for woman as well as to portray the person behind it all.

The prop airplane is currently being prepared for display at our Gillespie Field Annex and will be brought to the Museum's Balboa Park location in October, just in time for the movie premiere on October 23, 2009. Please check our website for updates!

For more information on Amelia visit the film's website:

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