Amelia

I had a few minutes before the opening of the Museum of Flight and the start of my volunteer shift.  I went down to the Amelia Earhart exhibit and quickly sketched this case with some of her possessions.  The exhibit is going to close soon.   I added color later, during a break.

In the case is her silk scarf.  She wore this scarf and a particular bracelet as good luck tokens during long-distance flights.  For unknown reasons, she left them both with her mother before setting out on her final flight.  The case also includes one of her leather flight helmets and a set of goggles.

In the sketch there is a tiny collaged/glued-in photo of a reproduction her pilot’s license on the right.  It was issued by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale on May 16, 1923.  She was the 16th woman in the world to receive one.

On two other occasions I have sketched the Electra, a restoration of a plane just like Amelia’s:  Arrival and Installation day

I also discovered a couple other locations in the museum from which I want to sketch.  They are both more complex, so I may either stay after my shift or go at another time.  It’s a good rainy day venue!

About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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1 Response to Amelia

  1. Tina Koyama says:

    Nice sketch of the display, and interesting story about leaving her lucky charms behind before that fateful flight.

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