Wednesday, June 13, 2012

No Direct Flights Today

This is the sixteenth leg of her almost around the world flight.  On this day seventy-five years ago Amelia flew 300 miles from El Fasher, Sudan, to Khartoum, Sudan, refueled there and then on to Massawa, Ethiopia.  Amelia describes a long day of land-markless desert flying and "...the rough going over the mountains, the low trip down..." and feeling famished because, "As usual I had forgotten to eat."  When an English speaking officer asked her if she was hungry, she replied, "As hollow as a bamboo horse."
On the island of Nani in But This Is Different Amelia will for forty years feel a different kind of hunger.
The photograph shows the Lockheed Electra at Khartoum, Sudan.

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