ATCHISON, KS -- The story of Amelia Earhart's Last Flight to Hawaii is taken from an unseen film of her last days in California before she leaves for Oakland on her world flight and then ground loops the plane in Hawaii. The book includes unpublished photos from March of 1937 and a copy of the film that goes with it. The original film is being donated by ChrisEvan Films Inc. to the Amelia Earhart Airport Museum in memory of Bethany Root who passed in a plane crash on July 16th, 2017.
The donation of the one-of-a-kind film is being made by Chris Williamson of Chasing Earhart which produces a media collection of Earhart researchers, authors, and eye-witnesses -- including living people who met her. In addition to the donation of the original 1937 8mm film by ChrisEvan Films Inc. the production company producing the fourth coming Chasing Earhart Documentary is releasing a promotional video package featuring commentary by national historian Douglas Westfall, author Nicole Swinford and Dennis Grey himself; the little boy in the video.
In March of 1937, Amelia Earhart prepared to leave the first time on her World Flight. The film shows her plane in early March -- before there were changes to her radio antennas. After this, she'll ground loop in Hawaii and then return to Burbank for repairs to her damaged Electra. In the film, Earhart shakes hands with a little boy, Dennis Gray, who is still living.
"This film is about the lady and the lion and the little boy -- and is set against this whole huge tapestry of the story of Earhart's flight to Hawaii." So says Ann Pellegreno, the first person to fly a Lockheed Electra 10 around the world in Earhart's Trail.
The 8mm film of little more than three minutes is unseen to the public eye. This newly discovered film of Amelia Earhart was taken in Burbank just before her last flight to Hawaii. A book authored by Nicole Swinford shows the changes to her plane. She said, "What's great about this film is that it is a film of chance, of happenstance. We get a glimpse into Amelia's world; the excitement, the adventure, the danger of aviation in the 1930s." "There's Amelia before her first failed attempt; it's not a moment most people pay attention to, but we should. This is the start of her radio troubles that would prove to be so fatal," says author Swinford.