Pilot retraces last flight of Amelia Earhart

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(WTVY) 63-year-old flight instructor Brian Lloyd from San Antonio, Texas is following the flight path of Amelia Earhart's 1937 round-the-world attempt.
"After having flown literally 28,000 miles in her shoes, my respect for her has risen a thousand fold."
Flying In his plane named Spirit, Lloyd has touched down in 20 different countries.
"Even with modern equipment and everything it was still a very difficult flight."
It's also been memorable.
Over Brazil, a military jet challenged why he was in that airspace, and off New Zealand his engine suddenly quit over the ocean.
"Through using the electric fuel pump and manipulating controls, I was able to get the engine running well enough to get me back to New Zealand."
Earhart was heading to Howland Island when she disappeared.
Lloyd dropped flowers over the site.
"To me it was important to do that."
His longest time in the cockpit was 17 hours from Pago Pago to Honolulu.
Yes, there were bathroom breaks.
"I have this little thing here called a relief tube."
Along the way Lloyd has made many friends.
They autographed the outside of his airplane.
"There is no such thing as a solo flight. This flight would not be possible without the assistance of literally hundreds of people on the ground everywhere."
Lloyd estimates it cost $60,000 to re-trace Earhart's route.
Friends helped but he put up most of the money.
Saturday he leaves Hawaii on the last leg to Oakland and a final touch down.