A Texas Homage to Amelia Earhart’s Around-the-World Flight

Eighty years after the aviation pioneer led the way, Brian Lloyd flew his plane 28,000 miles along Earhart’s intended course.

Lloyd, who is 63, lives close to Kestrel Airpark in San Antonio, where he took off in his Mooney M20K 231 on May 31 and landed on August 4.

Exactly 80 years after Amelia Earhart attempted her round-the-world flight, the solo journey has finally been completed in a single-engine aircraft for the first time, ending in Kestrel Airpark in San Antonio. “This was an amazing journey,” says Brian Lloyd, who flew 28,000 miles in Spirit, his plane, during his circumnavigation of the globe. “It required more of me than I ever imagined it could, but I also found in myself the reserves of patience and energy to keep going no matter what.”