Research Document #37

The Carey Article

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half-way between Lae and Howland, has not yet reported anything about seeing or hearing the plane. Midnight and no contact has yet been established on either by radio, on both voice and key transmission, both of which the Itasca radiomen have been using.

Friday, July 2---“Quiet everybody,” yelled one of the radiomen at 2:48 AM, “I think I’ve contacted the plane.” A pin-drop silence ensued. With my ears to the phones, I could hear the voice of Amelia Earhart, somewhere out in the South Pacific, speaking on the voice phones. “KHAQQ calling Itasca; KHAQQ calling Itasca,” she said and then the static drowned out a part of the message. “Sky overcast,” she continued somewhat audibly, and that was all for the rest of the message was lost in noisy rumblings of static interference.

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