After flying from Miami, Florida and making various stops in places like Africa, Calcutta, and Bangkok, Amelia (Hilary Swank) and Fred (Christopher Eccleston) arrive at Lae, Papua New Guinea on 29 June with 6,866 miles to go before reaching their final destination in Oakland, California. The day before they leave Lae, Fred makes a subtle pass at Amelia, but she refuses him. "All you need to do is just show up tomorrow morning," she tells him. "Show up sober, and get me to Howland Island." In a tear-jerking call to husband George Putnam (Richard Gere), Amelia promises him that this will be her last flight. On 2 July, after lightening the Electra of all excess weight, Amelia and Fred set out for Howland Island where the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Itasca awaits them, ready to guide them to the island with a direction finder once they get near. At take-off, the headwinds are strong, causing them to lose 9% of their fuel, but the flight is so far smooth. Unbeknownst to Amelia, the direction finder on the Itasca has gone dead, having been left on all night. At about 200 miles from Howland, Amelia radios her position to Itasca and the fact that the sky has become cloudy and overcast. When Itasca attempts to radio her back, however, all Amelia gets is static. For the rest of the approach, Amelia cannot hear Itasca's transmissions, although they can hear hers. Itasca tries using Morse code, not knowing that Amelia tossed out her Morse receiver when lightening the plane. Amelia radios in again when 100 miles out, requesting that Itasca take bearings on her, but she hangs up too quickly for them to do so. Itasca requests that she change from a frequency of 3105kHz to 500kHz, but she doesn't hear the message, so they continue to transmit on both. Itasca sends up a smoke signal from their smokestack, which should be visible from 20 miles away, but Amelia doesn't see it through the overcast. Itasca requests that she transmit on 7500kHz, but Amelia does not receive that message. In her final radio message to Itasca, Amelia informs them that she is on position line 157-337, running north and south. She is not heard from again. In the final scene, Putnam sits along the California coastline, looking out to sea and up to the sky. In a voiceover, Amelia says," All the things I've never said for so very long, look up, they're in my eyes. Everyone has oceans to fly, as long as you have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?" Just before the credits roll, captions read Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan vanished somewhere over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. The U.S. Government mounted the largest rescue mission in history, but no evidence of the Electra was found. The fate of Amelia Earhart has intrigued the world for generations. This is followed by photos of the real Amelia Earhart and another voiceover saying, "I think about the hands I have held, the places I've seen, the vast lands whose dirt is caked on the bottom of my shoes. The world has changed me."