‘I Had to Grow Into the Name’: Amelia Earhart Completes Namesake’s Journey
Amelia Rose Earhart – a 31-year-old Colorado woman named after the famous aviator who went missing in 1937 – successfully completed her namesake’s around-the-world flight plan to become the youngest woman to traverse the globe in a single-engine plane.
After concluding her 17-day, 24,300-nautical-mile journey, Earhart joined Shepard Smith Reporting to discuss her adventure and how it gave her an even greater appreciation of the original Amelia Earhart.
“It was amazing to see just how brave this woman was back in the 1930s without the navigation (equipment) that we have,” Earhart said.
“I’ve been flying for 10 years, and, to be honest, I had to grow into the name. Being Amelia’s namesake has a lot of responsibility tied to it,” she explained.
“People would constantly ask me, ‘Are you ever going to fly around the world? Could you become a pilot?’ And, I got so sick of being asked, I said, ‘I’ve got to investigate this, I’ve got to see if I like it.’ And it turns out, I absolutely love it. It’s been the biggest passion of my whole 31 years.”
After persevering through difficulties—including strong headwinds, remote areas and less-than-friendly armed guards in some countries—to complete her namesake’s globe-spanning journey, Earhart will turn her focus to her role as president of the Fly With Amelia Foundation, which gives education and scholarship opportunities to young women who are interested in taking to the skies.
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