Pilot Named Amelia Earhart Flies Around the World in Honorary Flight

Namesake sets off on historical circumnavigational flight.

Amelia Rose Earhart Pilatus PC-12

Amelia Rose Earhart Pilatus PC-12

** Amelia Rose Earhart (via Facebook)**

On the 77th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's daring attempt to circumnavigate the globe, another Amelia Earhart is setting out on the same journey. Amelia Rose Earhart — no relation to Amelia Mary Earhart — set off on June 26 from Oakland, California, in a Pilatus PC-12 NG to fly 24,300 nautical miles in 17 stops with her co-pilot Shane Jordan.

The trip honors Amelia Earhart who took off on July 2, 1937, from Lae, New Guinea, in pursuit of Howland Island. However, they never made it to their destination, and their last known position was over the Nukumanu Islands.

"By recreating and symbolically completing Amelia Mary Earhart's flight around the world, I hope to develop an even deeper connection to my namesake and also encourage the world to pursue their own adventures," Earhart is quoted on the project's website.

Earhart is the president of the Fly With Amelia Foundation, which grants flight-training scholarships to young women, ages 16 to 18, and fosters aviation and aerospace opportunities for people off all ages through aviation-based educational curriculum.

Earhart's flight is schedule to return to Oakland International Airport on July 12. As she makes her way around the world, her flight can be tracked at ameliaearhartproject.com.

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