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Did Amelia Earhart carefully plan her disappearance to a South Pacific island during her much-publicized trip around the globe? Vidal recalls a conversation between his father, Gene Vidal, the first aeronautics instructor at West Point, and Amelia Earhart during which the aviatrix drilled him with questions about how one could live on a remote island and how one could get fresh water and food. Vidal's father's belief was that Earhart had found an island, hit her drunken navigator over the head with a bottle, and landed. For years, scattered reports of a white woman on a Pacific island continued.

Four years before Earhart's last flight, she and Gene Vidal established what later became Northeast Airlines. Gene Vidal remained a director to the end of his life while still harboring a wish that he could mass-produce personal airplanes. Toward the...

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