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Matt Revington

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New? Photos of Electra
« on: April 04, 2021, 09:15:41 AM »

This article says that a family has come forward with photos of Earhart’s stop in Caripito Venezuela.  They were originally taken by a Standard Oil Executive, most look familiar but the 4th photo in the article shows the patch with a very visible crease.  I did a quick search and did not find it on the Tighar site or elsewhere.  If this photo is known then just move on.

Bill Mangus

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Re: New? Photos of Electra
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2021, 10:15:37 AM »

Interesting.  Wonder if the negatives are still around somewhere.

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Re: New? Photos of Electra
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2021, 10:24:07 AM »

Interesting find.  Thanks.  There are no apparent wrinkles in the patch when she leaves Miami on June 1 (first photo below) but we can see reflections in the shiny new patch.
The Caripito photo, taken two days later on June 3, (second and third photos below) shows what looks like a big wrinkle across the middle of the patch.
The next time we have a clear photo of the patch is in Java on or about June 24 (fourth photo below). There's possibly a slight bulge in roughly the same location but that might be a reflection.

These possible wrinkles or bulges are different in location and appearance than the deformation we see in Darwin and Lae.  I suspect what we see in the Carapito and Java photos are reflections. 
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Christian Stock

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Re: New? Photos of Electra
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2021, 11:34:12 AM »

Just glancing at other mirror-finished, taildragger airplanes, like the DC-3, I think that the horizon is being reflected on the patch. It depends on the angle from which the photo was taken. Also, I either see a person, or the Miami base ops building in the first image.

Speaking of DC-3s, and as a former aircraft mechanic, it's not a stretch to imagine that the Miami repair was made with scrap aluminum from a Pan Am DC-3. They would have had bins of scrap aluminum laying around. It would have been a faster repair than using new sheet metal.
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