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11 January 1935

80 years ago today, Amelia Earhart left Wheeler Field on Oahu in Hawaii attempting to make the first solo flight to the mainland.


The photo shows Earhart’s Lockheed Vega 5C warming up at Wheeler Field. Earhart is seated on the running board of the truck parked in front of the hanger.


18 hours, 15 minutes after leaving Hawaii, Earhart safely landed her Vega in Oakland, California, becoming the first person to fly solo between Hawaii and California.

Photos courtesy of Hawaii Aviation

The Ideal Moose Camp

Goose with Moose

If this Alaskan owned an airplane…

Goose Over Water

… it would be a Grumman Goose.

At the end of 2012, PenAir retired its Goose — The Spirit of Akutan II — which ended the commercial flying boat service in Alaska. Since 1977, PenAir’s Goose provided regular air service to the remote Aleutian community of Akutan, where the surf was too rough for the floats of more traditional seaplanes.

The Goose is a beautiful seaplane. With those twin 450 horsepower, Pratt & Whitney radial engines, you’d have no trouble getting your moose out.


“The Aluminum Overcast”

B-17 Aluminum Overcast

This absolutely stunning B-17 Flying Fortress, called the “Aluminum Overcast”, is touring the Midwest and East Coast giving both flight and ground tours. I’ve been in a B-17 a few times at air shows, but I’ve never flown in one. Unfortunately, the Aluminum Overcast doesn’t appear to be touring further west than Milwaukee or Springfield.

12,000 Flying Fortresses were maunufactured between 1935 and 1945. Of those 12,000, 5000 were destroyed in combat. Today 100 remain and only 13 of those still fly.