Fred Noonan navigating a Pan Am Sikorsky S-42

Fred Noonan was a student of P. V. H. Weems and was trained in many of the celestial navigation techniques Weems helped to develop. After Noonan disappeared in 1937 with Earhart, Weems was quoted as saying, "Noonan had been flying for Pan-American for many years and it was all in his day's work to hit smaller islands than Howland square on the nose."

Pan American Airways navigator
Type: Photograph
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Navigators & Inventors


Pan American Airways navigator