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On July 2, 1937, one of America's greatest mysteries began. Amelia Earhart took off in her Lockheed Electra 10E from New Guinea on the 24th leg of her flight around the world and was never seen again. As a pilot, she was an example of what a dream and hard work can accomplish. As a pioneer, Amelia Earhart was truly a great American. Exactly 60 years to the day, another American woman took off from Oakland, Calif., to complete what Amelia started. Linda Finch is flying solo around the world. World Flight 1997 is a great adventure and, thanks to the Internet, you can follow along with Linda the whole way at http://worldflight.org Linda is posting messages about her trip to the Pilot's Log every day. So climb into the cockpit; there's lots of work to do. First, check out the Flight Map: We're going to fly around the world but stay near land. Find out the weather forecast and set your bearings for the next stop. You'll want to be familiar with the crew for ground support, and a good pilot knows all about her aircraft. Let's go. It's full throttle to adventure! (This site is no longer available.)

While you're waiting for Linda Finch's next dispatch into her Pilot's Log, fly on over to the You Can Soar Web site at http://worldflight.org/ youcansoar for some fun things to do. Do you wonder how airplanes, insects and birds can fly? Find out some basics, then you and your friends can test out the theories at the Great Paper Airplane Races. If you look at the Flight Map, you'll see that Linda may make about 30 stops in 26 different countries. Take the Sights and Sounds link to learn about the countries and how to say "hello" and "goodbye" in several languages. Amelia Earhart was a poet as well as a pilot. Her accomplishments required courage, determination and strength. She found these qualities in herself and wrote about them. If you have you ever used these qualities, write a poem about it. There could be a prize waiting for you.You are cleared for takeoff, so start flying. (This site is no longer available.)

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1. When is Linda Finch expected to return to Oakland, California?

about August 31
about May 25
about April 27
2. If you go to You Can Soar's "How to Fly" page, how much do they say air weighs?
A cubic meter of air weighs 1.2 kilograms; a cubic foot of air weights .007 pounds
A cubic meter of air weighs .6 kilograms; a cubic foot of air weights .0014 pounds
A cubic meter of air weighs 0 kilograms; a cubic foot of air weights 0 pounds
3. How do you say "foot in the mouth" with a smiley?
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Dear Amy: I have seen :-) and :-( on e-mail. What do they mean? --C.D., Kansas City, MO

Dear C.D.: Punctuation marks that look like faces are called "smileys." I guess they mean what they look like. They can be happy, sad or mad. People started making them up for e-mail messages and on chat lines. Now they've really caught on. When you want to express your thoughts about something but don't want to use words, you can use a smiley. Here's a place to see more smileys www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/ ~helwig/ smileys.html or try making up some of your own.

Dear Amy: I want to know if any schools are having school on the Web? For example, do the classes have something like a chatroom on a topic and then the students ask questions and give answers? --Chris, Milwaukee, WI

Dear Chris: That's an awesome idea. That way students can connect at any time of the day even if they are sick at home. I know of a few cool schools that are just starting to use the World Wide Web for virtual classrooms. Some of them have chatrooms and others post things to read, offer class notes and give out assignments. It's really cool. If you want to see how it's done, check out the FAQ (frequently asked questions) at www.webcom.com/ cyberhi. (This site is no longer available.)

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