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Amelia Earhart 2.0 to fly same trip as predecessor
cbs ^ | June 27, 2014 | cbs

Posted on 06/27/2014 7:25:23 AM PDT by re_tail20

Seventy-seven years ago, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared over the south pacific, attempting to circumnavigate the globe.

Today, another Amelia Earhart takes off from Oakland, California to finish what her namesake started, CBS news correspondent Barry Petersen reports.

Her parents named her Amelia Rose Earhart, and she is flying the same route that her predecessor did in 1937 -- an 18-day, 28,000-mile trip around the world.

"They said, you know, we wanna give her a positive role model. And also give her a name that nobody will ever forget. And that's certainly been the case," Earhart said.

She took her first flying lesson when she was 21, and then found a career as a TV traffic reporter. Now her parent's decision, and her determination, are coming together as she prepares for her trip.

"We've got a small hand-held device which will allow us to send out texts and tweets through GPS satellite," Earhart said.

The cockpit remains a mostly male domain. Today women make up only about 5 percent of commercial airline pilots. To her, the voyage is as much about the future of female fliers as their past.

She recounts a conversation she had recently while taking a photograph in front of an aircraft: "A gentleman walked up and asked me if I wanted a pilot in the shot," Earhart told CBS News. "I said, 'sir, there is a pilot in the shot', and he said, 'oh, am I in it?' I said, no 'I'm going to go fly this airplane!'"

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: ameliaearhart

1 posted on 06/27/2014 7:25:23 AM PDT by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

Is she going to fly a Lockheed Electra?


2 posted on 06/27/2014 7:29:26 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: re_tail20

Is she planning on reenacting the crash ?


3 posted on 06/27/2014 7:34:37 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: AFreeBird

Actually, a Pilatus PC-12 NG single-propeller monoplane.


4 posted on 06/27/2014 7:35:35 AM PDT by Unknowing (Now is the time for all smart little girls to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: re_tail20

Amelia A. vs Amelia M.


5 posted on 06/27/2014 7:37:17 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: re_tail20

Pilatus PC-12

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilatus_PC-12


6 posted on 06/27/2014 7:38:04 AM PDT by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20
Amelia Rose Earhart


7 posted on 06/27/2014 7:53:27 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: mac_truck

Not guilty!


8 posted on 06/27/2014 7:54:19 AM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: Unknowing
A single-engine puddle hopper for a trip like that, over thousands of miles of open ocean and inhospitable terrain?

Scuhhhh-rooooooooooooooooo that, homm-bray.

9 posted on 06/27/2014 7:56:03 AM PDT by 60Gunner (Fight with your head high, or grovel with your head low.)
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To: mac_truck

She looks great in the cockpit.


10 posted on 06/27/2014 7:57:33 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: re_tail20

That is a wonderful thing she is doing, but what are they thinking. How is she going to navigate the middle east?
If she lands anywhere near Obama’s homies, she will have big problems. Just wondering.


11 posted on 06/27/2014 8:03:29 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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To: AFreeBird

I’m impressed, but I’d be more impressed it she were flying a Lockeheed Electra!


12 posted on 06/27/2014 8:04:17 AM PDT by Taxman
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To: re_tail20

My recollection of the current Amelia Earhart is her doing traffic reports in Denver for a local media outlet.


13 posted on 06/27/2014 8:06:37 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: re_tail20
I suppose it's o.k. for her to get her 15-minutes of fame using the Earhart brand-name but I am underwhelmed by this adventure. Very little risk. The aircraft, while single-engined, is a reliable turboprop that cruises at 30,000 feet in pressurized comfort at 300mph. It has the latest communications and navigation equipment and she's not the only pilot aboard.
14 posted on 06/27/2014 8:09:20 AM PDT by Procyon (Decentralize, degovernmentalize, deregulate, demonopolize, decredentialize, disentitle.)
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To: Taxman

That was my thought as well.


15 posted on 06/27/2014 8:14:16 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird

She’s a local traffic reporter - not a daring rough adventuress.

Leave it to other, more daring, women to fly the vintage Lockheed Electra around the world and make it. She’ll settle for state - of - the - art now, just as the Lockheed Electra was state - of - the - art then.

She’ll most definitely be the first “Amelia Earhart” to actually make it all the way.


16 posted on 06/27/2014 8:17:28 AM PDT by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

And let’s hope she doesn’t suffer the same fate as Earhart 1.0.

My father, an WWII Navy vet, was convinced that Earhart and Noonan ditched close to Gardner Island - maybe even landed on the island - but they likely both suffered injuries as a result and died not long after that.

If the plane landed on Gardner, he always figured it was likely swept out to sea, probably within a few days, so he reckoned more that they ditched really close to the island, made it ashore, and the rest, as they say, is history.


17 posted on 06/27/2014 8:36:09 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: re_tail20
Perhaps this will be next on the list to recreate:


18 posted on 06/27/2014 8:41:01 AM PDT by Jeff F
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To: re_tail20

She will need a navigator who drinks a lot like Amelia Earhart had. I think his name was Wrong Way Feldman.


19 posted on 06/27/2014 8:43:28 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: AFreeBird
Is she going to fly a Lockheed Electra?

She's going to drive a Plymouth Satellite, faster than the speed of light.

20 posted on 06/27/2014 8:55:46 AM PDT by Disambiguator (#cornedbeef)
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To: Jeff F

Pace cars sure have come a long way.


21 posted on 06/27/2014 9:02:50 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: re_tail20

Gimmicky publicity stunt — history repeats itself.


22 posted on 06/27/2014 9:27:14 AM PDT by Romulus
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To: re_tail20
Sounds to me like she's trying to live out the dream here parents had for her. Get your own life, girl!
23 posted on 06/27/2014 2:39:53 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (Book: Resistance to Tyranny. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: JoeFromSidney

Even if it started out as her parents dream, it doesn’t mean she hasn’t embraced it as her own.

It’s her call, so why not?


24 posted on 06/27/2014 3:19:14 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird
What could possibly go wrong?


25 posted on 06/27/2014 3:43:06 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

Oh it won’t go wrong like that. Even if things go wrong. GPS, SATcom and the like.... Different times. Still, a namesake following the same route has a certain romance or whatever, I suppose.

I wish the young lady fair winds and a good, safe trip.


26 posted on 06/27/2014 4:51:33 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird
I agree.

But in a world where carpenters are resurrected, anything is possible.

27 posted on 06/27/2014 5:35:30 PM PDT by Bratch
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