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On July 2, 1937 famed aviator Amelia Earhart went missing over the Pacific. At the time, she and her copilot Fred Noonan, were attempting to circumnavigate the globe aboard her Lockheed Electra aircraft when they somehow got off course, were unable to find their refueling station at Howland Island, and were never seen or heard from again. In the years that followed, the ultimate fate of Earhart and Noonan has been one of the most enduring mysteries of the 20th century, with search teams still hoping to locate their final resting place to this day.

Fast forward to 2014 and another Amelia Earhart made it her mission to complete her namesakes journey. While not a direct relation to Amelia Mary Earhart of 1937 fame, Amelia Rose Earhart was inspired by her namesake to set big goals to achieve in life. Earhart has been a pilot since 2010 and worked as a professional newscaster in the Los Angeles and Denver metropolitan areas. Amelia, along with co-pilot Shane Jordan, selected the Pilatus PC-12 NG as their aircraft of choice for the 18-day, 24,300 nautical mile long journey.

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Dubbed the Amelia Project, 31-year old Amelia Rose Earhart took off from Oakland, California and made steady progress on her circumnavigation. Her flight path took her to Denver, then on to Miami, before turning south towards Trinidad and Tobago, and on to Brazil. After a brief stop there, she crossed the Atlantic Ocean, flew across Africa with a stop in Senegal, before arriving in Tanzania. From there she aviated to the Seychelles, Maldives, Singapore, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati (where her predecessor may have gone missing!), Hawaii, and then back to her starting point in Oakland.

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On Jul 11, 2014 – 77 years after the original tragic journey – Amelia Rose Earhart returned to her flight origin, Oakland International Airport, and “closed the flight plan” of the original Amelia Mary Earhart. In doing so, Amelia Rose Earhart became the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single-engine aircraft, and drew attention to her foundation that funds flight scholarships for young women interested in pursuing a career in aviation.

A daring and very kickass undertaking. In the same league as German teenager Matthias Rust’s 1987 stunt where he flew his plane – in the midst of the cold war – across the Iron Curtain and landed it in the middle of Moscow’s Red Square!!

Earheart’s trip was a little less politically loaded and didn’t get her into a Russian prison. Kickass inspiring nonetheless.

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 pursure their own adventures. Amelia believed that, ‘adventure is worthwhile in itself’ and it is that type of attitude that spurs us to seek the unknown, push our limits and fly outside the lines.
–Amelia Rose Earhart


The Amelia Project Flight Itinerary

Flight Leg Departure Date (Home) Starting Location ICAO Destination ICAO
1 Wednesday, June 25, 2014 DenverRocky Mtn MetroU.S.A. KBJC OaklandMetro Oakland IntlU.S.A. KOAK
2 Thursday, June 26, 2014 OaklandMetro Oakland IntlU.S.A. KOAK DenverRocky Mountain MetropolitanUSA KBJC
3 Friday, June 27, 2014 DenverRocky Mountain MetropolitanUSA KBJC DenverCentennialUSA KAPA
4 Friday, June 27, 2014 DenverCentennialUSA KAPA MiamiMiami IntlUSA KMIA
5 Saturday, June 28, 2014 MiamiMiami IntlUSA KMIA ScarboroughRobinson IntlTRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TTCP
6 Sunday, June 29, 2014 ScarboroughRobinson IntlTRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TTCP Sao Goncalo Do AmaranteGov Aluizio Alves IntlBRAZIL SBSG
7 Monday, June 30, 2014 Sao Goncalo Do AmaranteGov Aluizio Alves IntlBRAZIL SBSG DakarLeopold Sedar SenghorSENEGAL GOOY
8 Tuesday, July 01, 2014 DakarLeopold Sedar SenghorSENEGAL GOOY Sao TomeSao Tome IntlSAO TOME AND PRINCIPE FPST
9 Wednesday, July 02, 2014 Sao TomeSao Tome IntlSAO TOME AND PRINCIPE FPST KilimanjaroKilimanjaro IntlTANZANIA HTKJ
10 Wednesday, July 02, 2014 KilimanjaroKilimanjaro IntlTANZANIA HTKJ SeychellesSeychelles IntlSEYCHELLES FSIA
11 Thursday, July 03, 2014 SeychellesSeychelles IntlSEYCHELLES FSIA MaleIbrahim Nasir IntlMALDIVES VRMM
12 Friday, July 04, 2014 MaleIbrahim Nasir IntlMALDIVES VRMM SingaporeSeletarSINGAPORE WSSL
13 Saturday, July 05, 2014 SingaporeSeletarSINGAPORE WSSL DarwinDarwin IntlAUSTRALIA YPDN
14 Monday, July 07, 2014 DarwinDarwin IntlAUSTRALIA YPDN LaeNadzabPAPUA NEW GUINEA AYNZ
15 Tuesday, July 08, 2014 LaeNadzabPAPUA NEW GUINEA AYNZ Tarawa IBonriki IntlKIRIBATI NGTA
16 Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Tarawa IBonriki IntlKIRIBATI NGTA Christmas ICassidy IntlKIRIBATI PLCH
17 Thursday, July 10, 2014 Christmas ICassidy IntlKIRIBATI PLCH HonoluluHonolulu IntlUSA PHNL
18 Friday, July 11, 2014 HonoluluHonolulu IntlUSA PHNL OaklandMetro Oakland IntlUSA KOAK
19 Saturday, July 12, 2014 OaklandMetro Oakland IntlUSA KOAK DenverRocky Mtn MetroU.S.A. KBJC

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