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Unidentified Photographer

[Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, Bandung, Indonesia]

Date late June 1937
Location Bandung Indonesia
Dimensions Image: 8 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. (21.3 x 16.8 cm)
Paper: 9 1/16 x 6 15/16 in. (23 x 17.6 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

"Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, are shown resting beside their plane here [Batavia, Dutch East Indies, now Jakarta, Indonesia] before the round-the-world flight which ended when they were forced to land on the Pacific near Howland Island. This picture, sent by radio from London to New York, is believed to be the last taken of the pair before their mid-ocean disaster."
Earhart and Noonan did sightsee in Jakarta, but this image was probably taken in Bandung, three hours away. The pair spent six days in Bandung, a hub for KLM's South Pacific flights. KLM's mechanics made a number of repairs on the Electra before Earhart and Noonan flew on to Surabaja on June 26, 1937.

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The LIFE Magazine Collection, 2005

Feedback Accession No. 1341.2005