Point of No Return
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The plan for what was intended to be the second-to-last leg of Amelia Earhart's round-the-world adventure included...
    {1} Date of Flight ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ July 2, 1937
    {2} Take-off on a Primitive Runway at Lae  ~~~~~~~ 10:00 AM Local Time
    {3} ETE to Howland Island, 2,556 statute miles away ~~~~~~~~~ 18 hours
    {4} True Heading for the Route ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 78 degrees
    {5} Winds Aloft Forecast ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ENE at 15 miles / hour
    {6} Fuel on Board at Departure ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1,100 gallons
    {7} Estimated Fuel Consumption Rate ~~~~~~~~~~~ 50 gallons / hour

TIGHAR Earhart Project used by permission


In planning the flight, Navigator Fred Noonan would have determined the Point of No Return.
 

What is your estimate for that calculation? 
 
From Lae
(sm)
To Howland
(sm)
{a}
1,278 
1,278
{b}
1,723
833
{c}
1,806
750
{d}
1,711
845
{e}
None of the 
Above
Nota Bene: Over the decades, plenty of speculation has accumulated about where Amelia Earhart's flight actually ended.  The most credible locations, based on her final radio transmissions, are within a couple hundred miles of Howland, including this one. Others call for radical off-course routes or, as in this one, a course- reversal toward Lae.  The Point of No Return puzzle is based on speculations about Fred Noonan's flight planning not on potential locations of crash-sites.


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