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Amelia Earhart: Distant relative with same name to retrace last flight

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Amelia Earhart will finally complete her flight around the globe in June 2014.

Or at least that’s the symbolic connection a distant relative, Amelia Rose Earhart, hopes to make when she attempts to retrace the famed pilot’s route around the world in a single-engine plane next summer.

Ms. Earhart, a traffic and weather anchor at a Denver television station and philanthropist, announced her plans at an aviation show in Oshkosh, Wis., Wednesday.

Of course, the Earhart doesn’t plan on repeating the mysterious disappearance of her namesake’s plane in the Pacific Ocean, but she does plan on capitalizing on the enduring fascination with the incident to raise money for her foundation that encourage girls to enter aviation.

"One year from now I will be completing, symbolically completing, and recreating Amelia Earhart's historic flight around the world. It's a dream that I've had since I was about 18-years-old,” she said Wednesday.

Despite sharing the same name as the famed aviatrix, Earhart told USA Today she didn't discover the connection until she found a “common ancestry” by tracing her roots to the early 1700s.

Earhart, who started flying lessons in 2004 and earned her instrument rating about two months ago, won’t be attempting the journey in quite the same style as the original Earhart. She’ll be flying an aircraft significantly more technologically advanced than the Lockheed Electra plane flown in 1937. The 2014 Earhart will fly in a latest-model $4.6 million PC-12 NG aircraft supplied by sponsor Pilatus Business Aircraft, Ltd., based in Stans, Switzerland. 

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