Wednesday was a busy day in Oshkosh for the EAA AirVenture, and an aviation legend was represented by a distant relative.
Amelia Rose Earhart shares the famous pilot’s name and a common ancestor.
She is a news anchor from Denver, and she’s planning on attempting Earhart’s goal of flying around the world.
"When I was 18 I started flying, took my first lesson, and really started getting into it. And I realized that was something I could take through my whole life. And while I haven't decided to make flight my career choice per say, it has been my true passion," said Earhart.
Present-day Earhart will take off next summer for a two-week flight. The flight plan is 28,000 miles and when it's done she'll be the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single engine aircraft.
“I’m a pilot. I got my private license a couple years back, and now I’m an instrument-rated pilot, and I also fly the Pliatus PC-12, which is the aircraft we’ll fly all the way around the world, really to recreate and symbolically complete that which Amelia Earhart never got to finish in 1937,” said Earhart.
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