In 1937, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart made an unpublicized flight from Oakland, California, to Miami, Florida. Once safely landed in Miami, Earhart announced she'd once again attempt to circumnavigate the globe after technical problems stymied an earlier attempt that year. The rest is aviation history.
Now, nearly 75 years later, another Amelia Earhart is set to re-create her namesake's historic flight to Miami. The second Earhart also has plans to one day circumnavigate the globe on her own.
Earhart is a distant relative of the original and was named in her honor. The Denver resident has followed in the original Amelia's footsteps and works as a private pilot, in addition to jobs as "a reporter at 9News in Denver, lifestyle photographer, and a meteorology student at Mississippi State University." Busy girl, but now she's making time to re-create the historic flight.
According to 9News, Earhart will leave Oakland on December 26 and plans to make stops in Burbank, Tucson, Austin, and New Orleans before arriving in Miami:
Along the way, Amelia will recreate the iconic photo of Earhart taken over Treasure Island in Oakland. Amelia will also visit the PIMA Air Museum to view an Electra similar to the legendary Model 10 version in which Earhart flew. On the final leg of her inspiring flight, Amelia will complete her first ocean crossing over the Gulf of Mexico
While the original Earhart made her flight in a Lockheed Electra, the modern Earhart will fly a Cirrus SR22, a small, single-engine, four-seat plane. In another modern twist, Earhart will chronicle the trip on her blog and through YouTube videos:
Unlike the first Earhart, Miami will be this Earhart's final destination. At least for the moment, though she does plan to fly around the globe in 2016.