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The title is appropriated from a favorite song in the Beatles' album Abbey Road, released in 1969, fully 32 years after the incident in this puzzle, which occurred five years before songwriter George Harrison was born.
round-the-world flying adventure ended tragically on
July 2, 1937.
That morning at 10:00 AM (0000 GCT),
Earhart took off in her customized Lockheed
Electra on the longest
leg, an over-water flight along the Equator from Lae,
New Guinea to Howland
Island for a landing on an unlighted runway. The
route is depicted
below. Navigator for the 18-hour flight, Fred
Noonan, intended to use dead
reckoning in the daylight and celestial
navigation at night. Was he able to do both?
Sophisticated solvers have everything
they need to answer
the question -- everything except the hours of
sunlight along the route
during the flight. The Sunrise
Sunset Calculator will instantly do that job for
any place on earth
and for any date, past or future. So, then...
Nota bene, charts of the last Earhart/Noonan flight emphasize the advanced sun line-of-position (LOP) 157o/337o destination as if it were a fixed geographical. It is not. The LOP of the sun is always racing westward along the equator at more than 1,000 mph. Thus the 157/337 LOP has no bearing on the Here Comes the Sun puzzle but will play a dramatic rôle in the solution to Which way, Amelia?