The Legacy of a Legend, The Flight of a Lifetime
SINCE THE FIRST AIRCRAFT TOOK FLIGHT IN 1903, LESS THAN 30 WOMEN HAVE EVER BEEN PILOT IN COMMAND OF A FLIGHT AROUND THE WORLD.
Amelia Rose Earhart made it her mission to join this illustrious group of female adventurers, including her namesake, Amelia Mary Earhart, by circling the globe in the Pilatus PC-12NG, a single engine turbo prop aircraft.
Over two years of route and logistical planning, extensive flight training, open water survival courses, fundraising for the Fly With Amelia Foundation, along with her team of nearly 100 people, all led to a successful and safe flight around the world that was tracked by millions.
Amelia and her co-pilot, Shane Jordan, both agree that the most incredible moment of the flight was over Howland Island, the tiny atoll where the original Amelia intended to land after her departure from Papua New Guinea. At that moment in the flight, they were able to award ten young women, from all across the US, flight training scholarships from the Fly With Amelia Foundation, in the amount of $7,500 each.
At that moment, Amelia Rose Earhart and Amelia Mary Earhart's vision for the empowerment of women in aviation came true, as one aviatrix picked up where the other left off.
Upon return to Oakland, CA, on the same runway where Amelia Mary departed in 1937, Amelia Rose Earhart touched down and learned who she was by honoring her namesake in the best way she knew how: by using a modern day aircraft to show young women of today that there are still adventures to be had and that they are allowed to live out their wildest dreams in any and every way they choose.