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'Earhart' Flight Heads For Miami

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‘Earhart’ Flight Heads For Miami

FORT WORTH, Tex. (UPI)-A pretty Michigan housewife took off in a vintage old airplane today, hoping to complete the round-the - world flight on which aviatrix Amelia Earhart disappeared 30 years ago.

Mrs. Ann Pellegreno, 30, of Saline, was scheduled to arrive in Miami tonight. She arrived in Fort Worth Friday night in her 30-year-old Lockheed Model 10 Electra, a sister plane to that flown by Miss Earhart.

Mrs. Pellegreno, a tousle-haired blonde in a red windbreaker and blue slacks, looked enough like Miss Earhart to be her daughter as she left Oakland, Calif., Friday, to officially begin the flight.

After stopping for fuel in Tucson, Ariz., she continued to Fort Worth to spend Friday night. Today she planned to fly to Miami, with a stop for fuel in New Orleans, La.

She was accompanied by Air Force Col. William Payne, her co-pilot, and Lee Koepke, her mechanic. Koepke purchased the plane and rebuilt it in 1961. Her navigator, William Polhemus, Ann Arbor, will join the party in Miami.

After leaving Miami — she hopes on Sunday—the plane will head to Brazil, Africa, India, New Guinea, Howland Island, Honolulu and back to Oakland, probably about July 7-8.