BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Air Museum is commemorating the 80th anniversary of famed female aviator Amelia Earhart’s flying tour of Maine in August 1934. Earhart’s flights were in a ten passenger Stinson SM-6000 Trimotor airliner operated by Boston and Maine Airways. As one of the founders and a vice president of Boston and Maine Airways, she had had two missions: promoting aviation careers to women and promoting the growth of air travel, which was still in its infancy in much of New England, to the public at large.
In Bangor, where Earhart made her first stop, the Maine Air Museum is commemorating her visit with a special display which includes a mannequin dressed as she did during the period, complete with vintage flight helmet and goggles. Actual and representative photos of Earhart’s tour, reproduced news accounts, and details of her her aircraft will also be on display.
The exhibit will be housed at the airport terminal of the Bangor International Airport Aug. 11-24. Thereafter, the display will move to Waterville and then to Augusta, just as Earhart’s “Grand Tour of Maine” did all those years ago. With the close of the 2014 season, the exhibit will be added to the permanent displays housed at the Maine Air Museum, 98 Maine Ave.
For further information about the exhibit and its schedule, contact Robert Umberger, a member of the museum’s board of directors, at 216-9113.