Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Six Days Left For Amelia

Amelia describes their stay in Timor:  "The appearance of Timor itself is vastly different from that of Java. The climate is very dry, the trees and vegetation sparse. There was little or no cultivation in the open spaces around the airport. The surface of which was grass, long, dry and undulating in a strong wind when we arrived. The field, surrounded by a stout stone fence to keep out roaming wild pigs, we found to be a very good natural landing place. There were no facilities except a little shed for storing fuel. Consequently we had to stake down our Electra and bundle it up for the night with engine and propeller covers. That is an all-important job carefully done; no pilot could sleep peacefully without knowing that his plane was well cared for. Our work much amused the natives from a near-by village. When we had to turn the craft's nose into the wind, all the men willingly and noisily helped us push it as desired."
In But This Is Different natives are also working willingly to help prepare for the woman who will drop out of the sky to become their star of the sea.
The photograph shows the Lockheed Electra in 1937 on its way to Nani.

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