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Amelia Earhart radio transmissions

Old 24th Mar 2024, 11:13
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There were very few (if any) tricycle gear large aircraft in existence in the late 1930s. However it's unlikely many cinema goers would be upset by this minor anachronistic imperfection.
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Old 24th Mar 2024, 14:46
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Originally Posted by treadigraph
"Queen Nan How" has stuck in my memory from reading something I guess - I know a Nevil Shute book - A Town Like Alice? - had similar phonetic alphabet renditions for the daily outback radio comms which was part of the plot.

(A is for 'orses, B for mutton...)
Slight tread drift... A couple of Shute's novels include radio comms, both the aeronautical variety and the outback version. He manages to avoid mentioning aircraft call signs in most of his books that deal with aviation, but when a call sign does get mentioned it is usually in the 1942-1955 RAF phonetic alphabet. Same for the outback communications if I'm not mistaken. So Queen Nan How may well have turned up in one of his books. His own Percival Proctor V that was used for his UK-Australia flight was known as 'Item Willie" (G-AKIW).
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Slight tread drift...
I like it!
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Originally Posted by Jhieminga
So Queen Nan How may well have turned up in one of his books.
Ok, but perhaps more likely as an altimeter setting than an aircraft callsign.
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Old 25th Mar 2024, 06:45
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Originally Posted by Noyade
I watched the movie Amelia early last year on Disney.
Monitoring the background on scenes which were meant to depict Miami - there appears to be an Antonov An-24 or 26 behind the front action.
Part of the movie was filmed in South Africa - would an Antonov have been seen there regularly?
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First of all - well spotted!

I remember that some scenes were shot at Rand Airport. There were 2 ZS registered AN32's there that I recall (have not been there in 12 years or so)
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Old 25th Mar 2024, 09:25
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What puzzles me is how any transmission could have been made hours after an aircraft ditched in the sea, or even if it crashed/crashlanded on an atoll (in which case it would have been found).
Earhart was hardly a technical person, quite the opposite in fact and by all accounts had very little understanding of radio, let alone tech ability at salvaging and jury-rigging crashed or salt-water soaked ones, an all but impossible task for anyone no matter how expert.
I've been reading that according to photographic evidence the underbelly antenna was probably lost during taxi and takeoff from Lae. How has this been factored into the theoreys? Surely no antenna means no comms at all?

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Old 25th Mar 2024, 10:43
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Originally Posted by meleagertoo
I've been reading that according to photographic evidence the underbelly antenna was probably lost during taxi and takeoff from Lae. How has this been factored into the theoreys? Surely no antenna means no comms at all?
I believe the under antenna was the 'receive' antenna, the 'transmit' one was the 'V' shaped one going from above the cockpit to each of the tail fins.
This would explain why she was clearly able to transmit, but never seemed to acknowledge receiving any transmissions for her.
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Reminds me of an ex RN telegraphist I used to work with who used to anounce the end of our shift with 'well that's it then Vic Ack' (VA - end of transmission)
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Old 27th Mar 2024, 23:06
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Originally Posted by Topcliffe Kid
Reminds me of an ex RN telegraphist I used to work with who used to anounce the end of our shift with 'well that's it then Vic Ack' (VA - end of transmission)

Interesting. I have always know that prosign as SK. If you know morse you'll see it is the same as a prosign runs the letters together.
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