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Amelia Earhart flight path commemoration almost half way

Date : 23 / 06 / 2017
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The around the world solo flight by pilot Brian Lloyd WB6RQN, who is tracing most of the path taken by the Amelia Earhart flight, is now due over the Timor Sea headed for Australia. The legendary Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared July 2, 1937, near Howland Island in the Pacific and were never found.

On June 1 this year, Brian WB6RQN, a 62-year old from Texas began his two month flight from Miami Florida in a single-engine 1979 Mooney 231 aircraft, fitted with Amateur Radio. The flight has already successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean, South America, Africa, India, and South East Asia. By Sunday June 24, it should be over the Timor Sea headed for Australia. His flight has stopovers in Darwin, Alice Springs, Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, Suva, a fly-over of Howland Island which has no runway, then to Hawaii, California, ending in Texas on July 29.

Listen for WB6RQN on SSB at about 14.210, 14.346, 18.117 or 7.130 using a 125 watt transmitter and an antenna under the aircraft’s fuselage.


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