British aviator Tracey Curtis-Taylor poses for a photo after she landed her 1942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis aircraft at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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British aviator Tracey Curtis-Taylor flew her open-cockpit biplane across Sydney Harbor and landed at the city's international airport Saturday, completing a three-month journey from England to retrace a pioneering feat of early aviation.The 53-year-old aviator set out from Farnborough on Oct. 1 to follow the flight path of legendary aviator Amy Johnson, who in 1930 became the first woman to fly solo between Britain and Australia.Braving sea spray and smog in her "Spirit of Artemis", a reconditioned piston-engine plane, Curtis-Taylor crossed 14,000 miles (22,000 kilometers) and 23 countries using 8,000 liters (2,100 gallons) of fuel.She had struggled to secure supplies of "avgas", or aviation gasoline, not readily available at many modern airports, and relied on a support plane that followed behind.At that time, most of Johnson's stops lay within the British empire.Johnson was just 26 and her flight ended in Darwin, Australia, which her successor Curtis-Taylor reached on Jan. 1 this year.
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