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A 1935 vintage Lockheed Model 10-E Electra transport aircraft identical to the one used by Amelia Earhart on her ill-fated trip around the world in 1937 will be the centerpiece of a permanent Earhart exhibit opening at the Museum on Oct. 12.
This particular aircraft was built for Northwest Airlines and began passenger service in 1935 as a Lockheed Model 10-A Electra. It served in World War II as an Army Air Force transport. After the war the aircraft had a variety of owners, including VARIG airlines in Brazil. Once back in the United States, the aircraft changed hands before it was returned to Lockheed and completely converted to a Model 10-E configuration.
In 1994, aviatrix Linda Finch restored the aircraft to match the specifications of the Amelia Earhart's famous Lockheed 10-E. In 1997, the 60th anniversary of Earhart's fatal, trans-world flight, Finch flew the plane around the globe on a flight path as close as possible to Earhart's. While flying over Earhart's last known location, Howland Island in the south Pacific, Finch dropped a wreath in salute of the aviatrix and her navigator Fred Noonan.
There is only one other genuine Lockheed Electra Model 10-E in existence.
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