Songs inspired by the early age of flight.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, February 19, 2009
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
“When she vanished—70 years ago this July—she was as big a star as Greta Garbo,” wrote Paul Hoversten in the July 2007 issue of Air & Space. “Is that why some are still driven to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart?”
A ship out on the ocean sees a speck against the sky.
Amelia Earhart flying that sad day,
With her partner, Captain Noonan, on the second of July,
She went across the ocean far away.
She radioed position to say that all was well,
Although the fuel inside her tank was low.
She’d stop on Howland Island and refuel her monoplane,
Then on her trip around the world she’d go.
There’s a beautiful, beautiful field
Far away in a land that is fair.
Happy landings to you, Amelia Earhart
Farewell, first lady of the air.
Just half an hour later an SOS was heard,
The signal weak, but still her voice was brave.
Oh, in shark-infested waters the small plane disappeared,
Amelia went down to her watery grave.
So now you have heard the story of that awful tragedy,
We pray that she’ll fly home safe again.
In years to come as others blaze a trail across the sky,
We’ll ne’er forget Amelia and her plane.
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