(CNN/Meredith) – In the 1920s and '30s, Harold Trott of New York used a motion picture camera to record his exploits on his beloved open cockpit rag wing biplane.
Until now, no one knew Dr. Trott's home movies captured a world treasure – Amelia Earhart, the most famous female pilot of all time.
In 1928, after Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, she began traveling all over the country. On this occasion, Trott was there and filmed it.
His notes suggest it was at the new airport in Leroy, in late 1928 or early 1929. Earhart speaks into a radio microphone with the call letters WFBL- that's Syracuse, New York.
These are believed to be the only moving images of Amelia Earhart on the celebrity circuit outside Rochester. The film may never have seen the light of day were it not for preservationist Glen Galbraith, who runs ROC archive.
Galbraith is now preserving the film, which shows rare images of early 20th century Livonia. But it's this 30-second clip of Amelia Earhart that may prove most priceless of all.
Galbraith is trying to identify the people who appear with Earhart on this film, to help fill out the story of her visit.
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