Brooke Knapp graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California in Los Angeles
and has been recognized with two honorary doctorate degrees and numerous honors and awards.
She made contributions in many fields, including real estate, civic leadership, environmental
entrepreneurship, international women's causes, children's charities and aviation.
Knapp made her mark in business as founder and president of Jet Airways, an aircraft
management company which she headed for eight years. She then turned to real estate and
accumulated a nationwide portfolio that included income-producing as well as citrus production
properties. As a licensed realtor, she was associated with Sotheby's International Realty in
Beverly Hills specializing in residential estates in desirable Los Angeles CA communities.
As a pilot, Knapp secured her place in the aviation record books by setting or breaking
more than 100 world aviation speed records including the fastest speed round-the-world in a
Learjet 35A (American Dream I ~ N35BK). Knapp made this record-setting RTW flight with her
co-pilots, James Topalian and Paul Broyles and crew chief, Jim Magill in 50H 22M 42S.
Following this earlier 1983 RTW Learjet success, Knspp flew a Gulfstream III (N300BK)
named American Dream II attempting to set new speed record RTW in a higher aircraft weight
category. Along with co-pilots, Paul Broyles, Bob Smyth, Curt Olds & crew chief, CB Allen,
Knapp set out to break the polar circumnavigation record. Also as a passenger was newspaper
reported, Bella English. Landing gear problems in Tenerife Canary Islands ended her attempt
at a speed record. The RTW circumnavigation over both the north and south poles took
85H 1M 44S and covered 28,470 miles.
This Knapp flight is remembered for setting two new records. It was the first business
jet to land at McMurdo Sound Antarctica on a RTW flight and was the first business jet to
make a flight over both north & south poles.
Knapp received the Federal Aviation Award for Extraordinary Service, the Harmon Trophy,
the Paul Tissandier Award of La Federation Aeronautique Internationale in Paris, the Los
Angeles Chamber of Commerce Kitty Hawk Award and the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management
Distinguished Leadership Award.
Departed Los Angeles CA 11/15/83
Pago Pago American Samoa
Christchurch New Zealand
McMurdo Sound Antarctica
South Pole 11/16/83
Punta Arenas Chile
Tenerife Canary Islands (Nosewheel retraction problem)
North Pole 11/18/83
Arrived Los Angeles CA 11/18/83