Pilot aims to be first Chinese woman to circle globe
Chen Jingxian, a 31-year-old lawyer from a small town in Sichuan province, is trying to become the first Chinese woman to fly around the world. If she succeeds, she will win a prize of $150,000.
Following such famous pilots as Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, Chen departed Cleveland, Ohio, in a single- engine Beechcraft Bonanza on Aug 1. She stopped in New York, Boston, Canada, Greenland and Iceland, finally reaching Paris. After Paris, she plans to touch down in Spain, Italy, Greece and Egypt, traverse Saudi Arabia to Dubai, and hop from India through Thailand to China.
She is still applying for permission to land in China. After a brief stop in her homeland, she plans to head for Japan and Russia before re-entering the US by way of Alaska.
Chen estimates it will take 45 to 60 days to complete her trip. To make ends meet, she has borrowed money from family and friends. Chen is a corporate lawyer who divides her time between Shanghai and New York.
The prize money was put up by Chen Wei, from Changsha, Hunan province, who was the first Chinese pilot to circumnavigate the globe, in 2011