Amelia Rose Earhart completes global flight

By: The Associated Press
July 12, 2014 Updated: July 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm
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Amelia Rose Earhart and co-pilot Shane Jordan, of Colorado, land at North Field in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, July 11, 2014. Earhart, 31, became the youngest woman ever to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine airplane as they recreated the flight of legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart, the Oakland Tribune reported. Their flight of 24,300 nautical miles in a Pilatus PC-12 NG included 17 stops, 10 of which were the same stops that Earhart made on her around the world flight when she disappeared near Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. Though named for the original Amelia, the women are not related. (AP Photo/Oakland Tribune-Bay Area News Group, Jane Tyska) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT

OAKLAND, Calif. — Amelia Rose Earhart has completed the round-the-world journey that her namesake never finished nearly eight decades ago.

The 31-year-old pilot completed the 24,300-mile journey Friday when her single-engine plane landed at Oakland International Airport, where she was greeted by her parents and crowds of supporters.

Earhart is not related to the famed aviator who disappeared during her attempted global flight in 1937.

The Denver resident and her co-pilot Shane Jordan took off from Oakland on June 26 and made 17 stops in 14 countries. They flew in a Pilatus C-12 plane equipped with GPS and other modern technology her namesake never had.

Earhart hopes the global flight will inspire girls to fly. She runs a nonprofit called the Fly With Amelia Foundation that sends teenage girls to flight school.

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