Amelia Rose Earhart

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Amelia Rose Earhart
Earhart smiling to the camera
Earhart circa 2013
Born (1983-01-18) January 18, 1983 (age 39)[1]
Known forCompleted a global circumnavigation flight in a single-engine aircraft; traffic and weather news anchor for KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado
Aviation career
First flightJune 2, 2004
Famous flightsGlobal circumnavigation from June 26 – July 11, 2014
WebsiteWebsite archives

Amelia Rose Earhart (born 1983 in Downey, California, United States[2]) is an American private pilot and former reporter for NBC affiliate[3] KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado. In 2013 Earhart started the Fly With Amelia Foundation, which grants flight scholarships to girls aged 16–18.[4]

Earhart was told by family members in her youth that she was a descendant of Amelia Mary Earhart.[5] When she was in college, she hired a genealogist to research her connection to Amelia Earhart. That genealogist told her that she and Amelia shared a "distant common ancestry traced back to the 1700s", however, a second genealogical search in 2013 found there was no traceable connection.[6][7][8][9]

Earhart took her first flying lesson on June 2, 2004, and obtained her private pilot certificate in a Cessna 172. In December 2011, she recreated her namesake's transcontinental flight from Oakland, California to Miami, Florida in a Cirrus SR22, as a completion of her instrument training hours.[10]

In July 2013 she was awarded the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award by the Atchison, Kansas Chamber of Commerce. The award is given to the woman who carries on Amelia Earhart's spirit.[11]

In partnership with Denver's Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Earhart completed a circumnavigation of the globe in a single-engine airplane with her copilot, Shane Jordan.[12][13][14] Her route was to fly across the US, then south into the Caribbean, northeast Brazil, the South Atlantic Ocean, then the African continent, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Islands, and the Pacific Ocean before returning to California.[15] Earhart and Jordan started the global circumnavigation flight on June 26, 2014, departing Oakland, California at 8:19 am Pacific Standard Time in a single engine Pilatus PC-12 NG. They made 17 stops during the 24,300 nautical-mile trip over 108 flying hours, landing back in Oakland without incident on July 11, 2014.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25] On July 9, as she and Jordan were flying over Howland Island (the island Amelia Mary Earhart was searching for during her 1937 disappearance) she announced, via Twitter, the names of the first recipients of the Fly With Amelia Foundation flight training scholarships.[26][27][28][29]

Although widely reported (and claiming)[28] to have become the youngest woman to fly around the world, she is in fact the second youngest behind Richarda Morrow-Tait, who was the first woman to pilot a plane around the globe.[30]


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  5. ^ Larry Copeland (July 31, 2013). "TV anchor, namesake to re-create Amelia Earhart flight". USA Today. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  6. ^ Earhart, Amelia Rose (June 15, 2014). "The Mission". Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  7. ^ Linda Carroll (August 12, 2013). "Modern-day Amelia Earhart not related to famous aviator". Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "Debrief / Amelia Rose Earhart – Flight Training". November 30, 2006. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  9. ^ The Amelia Project (July 31, 2013). "Amelia Rose Earhart Takes Flight; Announces Plans to Retrace Namesake's Legendary Around-the-World Adventure". Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  10. ^ Grady, Mary (December 21, 2011). "Amelia Earhart Flies A Cirrus". Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  11. ^ "Today's Pioneers". Atchison Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  12. ^ Nina Bahadur (January 29, 2014). "Meet Amelia Rose Earhart, The Woman Flying Around The World In 17 Days". HuffPost. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  13. ^ Earhart, Amelia Rose (n.d.). "Amelia Rose Earhart Takes Flight; Announces Plans to Retrace Namesake's Legendary Around the World Adventure" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  14. ^ Griggs, Mary Beth, "Another Amelia Earhart is Trying to Fly Around the World" Smithsonian Magazine, June 20, 2014, retrieved June 21, 2014
  15. ^ Nichols, Steve (May 21, 2014), EBACE 2014: Connectivity to help relay Amelia Earhart's flight, Get Connected retrieved June 21, 2014
  16. ^ Golgowski, Nina (June 19, 2014). "Amelia Earhart's namesake to attempt legendary pilot's flight around the world". NY Daily News. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  17. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions and Facts – The Amelia Project". Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  18. ^ "Modern-Day Amelia Earhart Sets Off to Circle the Globe". NBC News. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  19. ^ N58NG, FlightAware
  20. ^ Joshua Hubbard (June 25, 2014). "Amelia Earhart to start global flight on Thursday". Archived from the original on June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  21. ^ "Amelia Rose Earhart". Facebook. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  22. ^ Silva, Shayla (3 July 2014), Pilot Named Amelia Earhart Flies Around the World in Honorary Flight, Flying Magazine, retrieved 4 July 2014.
  23. ^ Amelia Earhart Queen of the skies on Australian "Today" show
  24. ^ Lee, Henry K. "Amelia Rose Earhart completes round-the-world flight – SFGate Blog". Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  25. ^ "Woman named after aviation pioneer retraces flight | More Local News – KITV Home". July 3, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  26. ^ "Amelia Earhart (Amelia__Earhart) on Twitter". April 15, 2010. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  27. ^ Amelia Rose Earhart Facebook page
  28. ^ a b "Amelia Rose Earhart Completes Namesake's Around-the-World Flight". Fox News Insider (Interview). July 6, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  29. ^ Gebreyes, Rahel (July 15, 2014), How Pilot Amelia Rose Earhart Is Breaking Through The Glass Ceiling Of Aviation, HuffPost Live, retrieved July 16, 2014
  30. ^ Stinson, Patrick M. (2011). Around-the-World Flights: A History. McFarland. p. 187. ISBN 978-0786462827.

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