Before she leaves New Orleans, Amelia sends a telegram to her navigator's wife reassuring her that Fred is only drinking milk. History indicates that Noonan was an alcoholic subject to frequent relapses. Fully aware of his history, Amelia nevertheless chose him as her navigator. In But This Is Different she will put Fred's fragile sobriety to her own uses. To learn more about this, visit http://butthisisdifferent.com.
As evidenced in the photograph of the Lockheed's first moments on the ground in Miami, the crowds were not yet large. In part this may be because Amelia first landed at the wrong airport.