AMELIA EARHART’S LAST FLIGHT
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, which
she was awarded as the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many
other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences, and was
instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.
During an attempt to make a Circumnavigation flight of the globe in 1937, Earhart
disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Fascination with her
life, career and disappearance continues to this day.
“Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight,” by “Yodeling Cowboy” Red River Dave McEnery, is
thought to be the first song ever performed on commercial television (at the 1939 World’s
Fair). He recorded it in 1941 and it was subsequently covered by artists including Kinky
Friedman and the Country Gentlemen.
A ship out on the ocean, just a speck against the sky,
Amelia Earhart flying that sad day;
With her partner, Captain Noonan, on the second of July
Her plane fell in the ocean, far away.
CHORUS: There’s a beautiful, beautiful field
Far away in a land that is fair.
Happy landings to you, Amelia Earhart
Farewell, first lady of the air.
She radioed position and she said that all was well,
Although the fuel within the tanks was low.
But they’d land on Howland Island to refuel her monoplane,
Then on their trip around the world they’d go.
Well, a half an hour later an SOS was heard,
The signal weak, but still her voice was brave.
Oh, in shark-infested waters her plane went down that night
In the blue Pacific to a watery grave.
Well, now you have heard my story of that awful tragedy,
We pray that she might fly home safe again.
Oh, in years to come though others blaze a trail across the sea,
We’ll ne’er forget Amelia and her plane. Chorus