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On to Paramaribo

"Rain clouds hung thick about Caripito as we left on the morning of June third. We flew over jungles to the coast, and then played hide-and-seek with showers until I decided I had better forgo the scenery, such as it was, and climb up through the clouds into fair weather. An altitude of 8,000 feet topped all but the highest woolly pinnacles."

The flight for the day was 670 miles from Caripito to Paramaribo, roughly 4 hours and 50 minutes.

Amelia writes that the flight "was tremendously interesting." Instead of following the usual route, Pan Am followed the coast, she and Fred would cut straight through the thick jungle. "It was so thick that for hundreds of miles all we could see was solid tree-tops broken by an occasional large river."

The Electra, once again, ran into strong headwinds which cut the flying speed down and included the dodging of squalls at low altitudes. Soon the Suriname River was spotted, twelve miles from the mouth of the river sat Paramaribo and 25 miles further was the airport. Following instructions she had been given, Amelia steered the Electra along a narrow gauge railroad track and eventually they arrived and set down in Paramaribo. The Electra was refueled and staked down as the airport had no hangars. Amelia and Fred were welcomed by Commissary Wempe and Captain Sluyter, in charge of the troops, James Lawton, American Consul at Paramaribo, and others. The fliers were taken to the railroad, the same one which had earlier led them to the airfield, and following an hour's ride arrived in the town of Paramaribo where they spent the night.

The Rhinelander Daily News, Thursday, June 3, 1937

Amelia and Fred upon arrival in Paramaribo

Paramaribo's fact sheet used by Amelia


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