Eighty years ago Amelia Earhart undertook an ambitious and historic flight around the world at the equator, something not previously attempted. That flight stretched the technical limits of aviation and navigation technology of the time. Unfortunately she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared in the vicinity of Howland Island in the Pacific.
Project Amelia Earhart will attempt to recreate and commemorate that flight on its 80th anniversary with Brian Lloyd flying his airplane, Spirit on the same route. We will chronicle this historic flight and publish live information during the flight.
The Project also commemorates the 90th anniversary of the famous Lindbergh transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, with an attempt by Brian Lloyd to break an airplane speed record for this route in his plane Spirit.
Update 22 May: NY to Paris Flight Canceled Due to Weather and Equipment Problems
Unfavorable winds and weather on the Atlantic route combined with airplane equipment problems forced the New York to Paris speed flight to be canceled. There was only a short window of time that the flight could have happened, and the window has now closed.
Mr. Lloyd will fly back to Texas for repairs as soon as the storm clears in Long Island, New York.
He is scheduled to take off from Miami on the Amelia Earhart 80th Anniversary round-the-world flight on June 1st.
Amelia Earhart’s Historic Route
See https://www.goo.gl/6qYxqF for a description of the numbers (1 through 31) on Amelia’s route – that are shown on the map. Hovering over the numbers on the tripline.net website, yields pop-up annotations that describe each location. (Scrolling down the page will reveal the full descriptions for those that are too long to fit in the pop-up boxes, as well as for smartphone and tablet users who cannot “hover”.)