facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Amelia Earhart namesake to retrace final flight

July 31, 2013 at 10:04 PM   |   Comments

OSHKOSH, Wis., July 31 (UPI) -- A namesake and distant relative announced Wednesday she plans a do-over of pioneering U.S. aviator Amelia Earhart's last flight.

Amelia Rose Earhart, 30, a traffic reporter for KUSA-TV in Denver, made the announcement at the EAA AirVenture flight show in Oshkosh, Wis., KUSA reported.

"One year from now I will be completing, symbolically completing, and recreating Amelia Earhart's historic flight around the world," Earhart said. "It's a dream that I've had since I was about 18 years old."

Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan -- who took off from Oakland, Calif., in 1937, flew to Miami and then kept heading east -- were last seen when they took off from Lae, New Guinea, on July 2. The last radio communications came as they approached Howland Island about 800 miles to the east.

Earhart plans to retrace her distant relative's journey as exactly as possible. But she will be flying a Pilatus PC-12 NG with up-to-date equipment.

She will be accompanied by a co-pilot, Patrick Carter.

Earhart is a flying enthusiast who has started a foundation in Denver to help girls train as pilots. She hopes to use next year's flight to raise money for the foundation.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Russia prepares militarization of Arctic Russia prepares militarization of Arctic
2
Freedom variant LCS takes to water Freedom variant LCS takes to water
3
Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and GM all affected by defective airbag recall Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and GM all affected by defective airbag recall
4
79-year-old woman survives in desert for 5 days 79-year-old woman survives in desert for 5 days
5
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder officially bans sales of Tesla Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder officially bans sales of Tesla
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback