Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Around the World Mooney M20K N916BL Pops into Bundaberg Airport - Re-tracing Amelia Earhart's Historic Flight

On Wednesday 5 July, American-registered Mooney M20K N916BL was noted departing Bundaberg Airport for Gunnedah and then Warnervale in New South Wales.  It appears to have arrived the previous day from Birdsville having flown into Australia via Darwin earlier in the week.

Research reveals that the Mooney is on an around-the-world flight with solo pilot Brian Lloyd re-tracing the route of Amelia Earhart on the 80th anniversary of her historic flight.  N916BL is scheduled to continue to New Zealand in the coming days.

Eighty years ago, Amelia Earhart undertook an ambitious flight round-the-world at the equator:  it had never been attempted before. Amelia stretched the technical limits of aviation and navigation of the time. Unfortunately, she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared near Howland Island in the Pacific.

The Project Amelia Earhart website ( brings you along with pilot Brian Lloyd as he circles the globe on a solo flight to re-trace Amelia's historic route.

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