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Plane similar to Amelia Earhart’s aircraft to arrive Monday in Atchison, Kan.

The last known original 1935 Lockheed Electra L-10E, which is similar to the plane Amelia Earhart flew on her ill-fated attempt to fly around the world, is expected to arrive Monday in Atchison, Kan. Here, Amelia Earhart is shown with her Lockheed Electra and Cord car in 1937.
The last known original 1935 Lockheed Electra L-10E, which is similar to the plane Amelia Earhart flew on her ill-fated attempt to fly around the world, is expected to arrive Monday in Atchison, Kan. Here, Amelia Earhart is shown with her Lockheed Electra and Cord car in 1937. Courtesy of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

The fuselage of plane similar to Amelia Earhart’s 1935 Lockheed Electra L-10E is expected to arrive Monday in Atchison, Kan.

The plane, the last known original 1935 Lockheed Electra L-10E, named Muriel, is making its way by truck from El Cajon, Calif., to Earhart’s birthplace of Atchison, where the Amelia Earhart Foundation will put the plane on permanent display. The plane was in Wamego, Kan., on Sunday, according to a Facebook page tracking the journey.

The plane is the only survivor one of the 14 Lockheed L-10Es built. It is similar to the one Earhart flew on her ill-fated attempt to fly around the world in 1937. Earhart, navigator Fred Noonan and their Electra L-10E disappeared in July 1937.

The Amelia Earhart Foundation acquired the aircraft from Grace McGuire, who had owned and had been restoring the plane for more than 30 years. McGuire named the plane Muriel after Earhart’s sister. The foundation plans to build a hangar and museum at the Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison.

The tentative itinerary for plane’s arrival Monday:

▪ At about 9:15 a.m., the plane is expected to enter Atchison from the west on U.S. 73, following Woodlawn Avenue, which then turns into Main Street.

▪ At about 10 a.m., the plane will head north on 17th Street, stopping at Atchison Elementary School, 825 N. 17th St., for about 10 minutes. The plane will continue on 17th, turning east onto Country Club Road. The plane will then follow Division Street to Second Street.

▪ At about 10:45 a.m., the plane will stop in front of St. Benedict Catholic School, 201 Division St., for about 10 minutes. The plane will then head south on Second Street to Main Street.

▪ At about 11 a.m., the plane will stop at a parking lot at Main and Fourth streets for photographs. The plane will then head west on Main to the Amelia Earhart Airport.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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