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Amelia Earhart Completes Namesake's Mission

Amelia Rose Earhart (no relation) flies around the world
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2014 9:31 AM CDT
Young Amelia Earhart Completes Namesake's Mission
Amelia Rose Earhart, left, is greeted by twins Addison, and Natalie Boland, 7, right, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., after arriving at North Field in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, July 11, 2014.   (AP Photo/Oakland Tribune-Bay Area News Group, Jane Tyska)

(Newser) – Amelia Mary Earhart never finished her round-the-world flight—but another Amelia Earhart has done it in her place. Amelia Rose Earhart, who the AP notes isn't related to her namesake, has circumnavigated the globe in 16 days, the Telegraph reports. At 31, she's the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single-engine plane, her website says. Earhart arrived at Oakland International Airport yesterday after flying 24,300 nautical miles, making 17 stops along the way, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "We feel like we had Amelia there with us, symbolically closing her flight plan," Earhart says. "So to come back here, it just brings it full circle."

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As a kid, Earhart didn't love her name, which her parents chose because it was "filled with inspiration, adventure, and tenacity." She went by Amy for years, but she eventually decided her name was "the best gift that my parents could have ever given me." A decade ago, she started flying lessons, and now she runs the Fly With Amelia Foundation, which provides girls with flying scholarships, the Telegraph reports. (Meanwhile, a big clue may reveal more of the original Earhart's story.)

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