Amelia Loves her Lockheed Ladies Guild
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“Amelia Loves her Lockheed” Ladies Guild
The Electra is landing at The Museum of Flight!
Background — Amelia Earhart’s unsolved disappearance is one of the most enduring stories of our time. In life, she was an international celebrity: shyly charismatic, independent, calm under pressure, and courageous. Her accomplishments inspired a generation of female aviators, including the more than 1,000 women pilots of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II. Amelia’s mysterious disappearance has driven her lasting fame into popular culture. Hundreds of articles and scores of books have been written about her life, a motivational tale, especially for women and girls.
Opportunity — The Museum of Flight has seized a unique opportunity to acquire a Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, nearly identical to the plane that Amelia Earhart piloted on her ill-fated around-the-world flight in 1937. Restored to virtually identical specifications, this plane completed its own around-the-world flight in 1997, following Earhart’s intended path. One of two surviving 10Es, this Electra will be the only one on permanent display in a museum.
Case — In addition to the plane’s historical significance, the Lockheed presents a “triple-threat” opportunity: 1) it is consistent with the Kelly Johnson pedigree of the Museum of Flight’s collection plan; 2) it will enhance the visitor experience with a complete “Amelia” exhibit; and 3) it meets the Museum’s educational goals, especially as an inspiration for young female visitors. As evidenced in 2009 when the Museum opened a temporary “Amelia” exhibit and it was one of the most popular exhibits in Museum history. Amelia artifacts with the Lockheed Electra will create an impressive and inspiring exhibit, integrated into programs such as WomenFly!, specifically designed to inspire young women toward STEM education and careers.
Need — The Lockheed Model 10-E Electra was offered to the Museum for a purchase price of $1.2 million. The seller will fund an endowment to give an annual “Courage Award” to honor women whose bold actions accelerate change vital to creating a more prosperous and peaceful future for us all. The Museum’s goal is for 100% of the funding to come from women or in honor of women.
Committee — Museum Trustees and aviators Anne Simpson and Nancy Auth along with Patti Payne, local communications figure, are co-chairing the committee. The ALL Ladies Guild was formed to support the Museum’s acquisition of the Electra.