We came up with the idea to create a digital Lockheed Model 10-E Electra Special to learn more about the mystery and commemorate the 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s attempt to fly around the world. The idea soon had a name, THE ELECTRA PROJECT.
We have recreated the flight Earhart attempted from Lae to Howland Island. Flying with a historical aircraft, in a flight simulator, has some interesting advantages. First of all, you never need to buy gas! If you have a bad takeoff you can always restart the program and try again. If you do crash, it is no big deal, just start over! That’s something Earhart & Noonan never had the chance to do.
Flying in X-Plane™ also has some novel features. The pilot can record, as the plane flies, almost all of the flight data: altitude, speed, time, latitude, longitude, engine performance, and so on! We thought it might be interesting to generate and observe some of these factors, as the plane flies along their last course toward Howland Island.
We can never really use the flight simulation program to locate where she crashed. But, we may be able to gain insight into some of the choices they might have made during the flight. We can change the Electra’s speed, change flight altitudes, and even change the headwinds in the simulator. The program can also reproduce reported weather conditions such as overcast skies, and heavy cumulus clouds as well as the islands they flew over trying to cross the Pacific Ocean.
The flight simulation program is open to almost everyone who has a relatively fast computer. All you need is the software, and our model module. THE ELECTRA PROJECT wants to encourage historic flight enthusiasts to fly the Lockheed Model 10-E Electra Special. There could be something around the corner no one has considered—at least we hope so.
Why did we create the ELECTRA PROJECT?