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Q: What was Earhart's plane's name? ( No Answer,   3 Comments )
Subject: What was Earhart's plane's name?
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: cvenom-ga
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Posted: 24 Feb 2006 05:36 PST
Expires: 26 Mar 2006 05:36 PST
Question ID: 700365
Lindy had "The Spirit of St Louis. The atomic bomb had "Enola Gay" &
"Bocks Car". What was the name given to Amelia Earharts, Lockheed
Electra 10E, that she was flying, when she disappeared?

I've found out quite a bit about the plane being "donated" by Purdue
U, and that it was considered a "Flying Laboratory", but can't for the
life of me find the name given to the aircraft.

My reputation for useless information is in peril here. Could you please help???

Request for Question Clarification by rainbow-ga on 24 Feb 2006 06:25 PST
Hi cvenom,

Apparently it was only known as "The Flying Laboratory".

"...Modifications to the airplane began immediately, and it soon
became a flying laboratory in fact as well as in name."


According to a few Trivia sites:

"What was the nickname of the Lockheed Electra in which Amelia Earhart
was flying when she disappeared over the Pacific in 1937?

Answer: Amelia Earhart's plane was nicknamed "The Flying Laboratory,"
which doesn't exactly inspire images of a successful flight to me.
It's as if they said, "Well, this is just an experiment. We're testing
it out."

"What was the name of the twin engine Lockheed Electra that Amelia
Earhart supposedly perished in?

Answer: The airplane had no name, at least not in the sense that
Charles Lindbergh named his aircraft 'The Spirit of St. Louis.'
Occasionally Earhart would refer to the plane as a flying laboratory."

"Amelia Mary Earhart died in 1937 during the flight around the world
in the airplane called the Flying Laboratory..."

Scholastic Inc

Does the information provided suffice as an answer to your question?

Best regards,

Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 24 Feb 2006 07:31 PST
Dear cvenom-ga:

We know that the Earhart?s plane was a Lockheed Electra but several
sources suggest that he plane was actually known by the name

?On the 29th of May Amelia revised her plans for the world flight. 
She was to fly east from Oakland to Miami, leaving the stretch of the
Pacific Ocean last.  At 5:57 A.M. on June 1, 1937 Amelia took off in
her plane, Electra, along with her navigator Fred Noonan.?

?In 1937, Amelia Earhart was ready to chase her biggest dream. She
would fly around the world! The trip was too difficult to undertake
alone, so Fred Noonan went along as navigator. The pair flew a plane
called the Electra from California to Florida, then on to South
America, Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. Then, in a stretch of sky
over the Pacific Ocean, the Electra disappeared. No trace of the
plane, Amelia Earhart, or Fred Noonan was ever found.?

Another source indicates that Earhart herself privately referred to
the plane as ?My Pet?:

?Purdue benefactors David Ross and J.K. Lilly donated $50,000 to the
"Amelia Earhart Fund for Aeronautical Research" set up by the Purdue
Research Foundation. It and other gifts were used to buy and equip the
$80,000, twin-engine Electra for nonstop, record-setting flights.

Privately, Earhart said that at Purdue, she had found "the tree upon
which costly airplanes grow."

She received the gleaming plane that she called "my pet" on her 39th
birthday, July 24, 1936. She tested it at Purdue Airport.?
Cached document

Let me know if this suffices as an answer.


Clarification of Question by cvenom-ga on 24 Feb 2006 07:33 PST
That's pretty much the same info I had, but never found anything that
verified this. The links/references you listed, provide enough
verification that "The Flying Laboratory" was in fact the name (albeit
not in the same sense as other aircraft like "The Spirit of St
Louis"). I am satisfied with the response as an answer.

Clarification of Question by cvenom-ga on 24 Feb 2006 07:39 PST
The additional info provided by tutuzdad, is also a good answer with a
lot of info I hadn't seen before. Which now puts me into a dilema. The
verification that it was called "The Flying Laboratory" by rainbow, is
sufficient for what I asked, but I do like the additional info
provided by tutuzdad better. I guess I'll let you two do some "Rock,
paper, scissors", to see who gets to post the answer.


Clarification of Question by cvenom-ga on 24 Feb 2006 07:43 PST
Actually instead of saying I liked tutuzdad's answer "better" was a
poor choice of words. Both answers were very good, so I will accept
either as correct.

Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 24 Feb 2006 08:37 PST
I will concede that the informal and probably personal name "My Pet"
is not historically recorded or well known, though it may very well
have been the name Earhart occassionally used. The name "Electra" too
might have been a rather ambigious name for the aircraft considering
this was the model of the plane, in the same way one might distingish
his or her Ford automobile.

Having said that "The Flying Laboratory", though not an official
moniker itself, does indeed seem to be the most recorded name. On that
basis perhaps rainbow's answer is more in tune with what you had hoped
ot learn.


Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 24 Feb 2006 09:56 PST
If it's relevant, the plane's "official" FAA marking was "NR16020 cn:N1055"

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: What was Earhart's plane's name?
From: answerfinder-ga on 24 Feb 2006 07:39 PST
To support Rainbow?s answer: a contemporary newspaper described it as
?the flying laboratory?.

Times (UK) February 13, 1937 

?She will use a twin-engined Lockheed Electra machine, which is
generally known as ?the flying laboratory? so complete is its
equipment of instruments and experimental apparatus.?

Subject: Re: What was Earhart's plane's name?
From: answerfinder-ga on 24 Feb 2006 08:52 PST
You may find this page of interest. 148 Electras were built between
August 4, 1934 and July 18, 1941.
Subject: Re: What was Earhart's plane's name?
From: canadianhelper-ga on 24 Feb 2006 09:19 PST
Her first plane...not the one in question but just fun to know...was The Canary

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