Amelia Earhart namesake to take tribute flight around the world

A 31-year-old woman plans to re-create a historic flight around the world. Amelia Rose Earhart will depart from the same hangar in Oakland, California that Amelia Mary Earhart used in 1937.

As her namesake, Amelia Rose has planned the tribute flight over the last two years. She'll fly a Pilatus PC 12 single engine prop turbo aircraft through 14 countries over a 10-day period, from June 26-early July. The completed journey will make her the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single engine plane. She will fly alongside her co-pilot, Shane Jordan.

The plane was donated, as was much of her equipment, funded through corporate sponsors like First Source Bank, Amelia's tie to Michiana.

Amelia's father's last name is Earhart, and he named her Amelia as a tribute to the American icon. The family recently discovered there are no ties to the original Amelia Earhart family, though both families lived in adjacent Pennsylvania counties.

Amelia Rose was disappointed about the news but still feels close to her inspiration.

"I decided to take the namesake and take the possibility that held," said Earhart. "I've got this really strong name, this amazing legacy with a woman who completely changed the way the world saw women in aviation and I could really take it pretty far."

Amelia Rose has been flying for 10 years, which she describes as an "expensive hobby." That's why she has made it her mission to help encourage young woman to learn about aviation through a scholarship program. Currently, only 6% of American pilots are women. Click here for more information about the Fly with Amelia Foundation and how 16-18 year old girls can apply for financial assistance.

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