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Modern-day Amelia Earhart reaches halfway point in historical flight

Amelia Earhart waves from the cockpit of her plane circa 1929. Photo: Image by Getty Images

Modern-day Amelia Earhart reaches halfway point in historical flight

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 3, 2014

Amelia Earhart has reached the halfway point.

Earhart, who is from Colorado and a former radio and television traffic reporter, is flying around the world in honor of her historical namesake.

On July 2, she reached Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which is the halfway point in the 24,300 nautical mile journey. July 2 also happens to the same date that the original famed aviator Amelia Earhart went missing.

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Earhart's full name is Amelia Rose Earhart and she is not related to famed pilot Amelia Mary Earhart.

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The modern-day Earhart began her journey last Wednesday in Denver. She is scheduled to return home on July 12. You can follow her progress on her website, The Amelia Earhart Project, or follow her Twitter account for updates.

Earhart is making 17 stops on the trip. Along the way, she will honor her namesake's tenacity and love for aviation by awarding flight scholarships to young women around the U.S. through her Fly With Amelia Foundation.

According to her bio, Earhart obtained her private pilot's license in February 2010. Her co-pilot is Shane Johnson, who is also from Colorado.

When she finishes the journey, she will be the youngest woman to have flown around the world in a single-engine plane, according to E Online. Earhart is 31 years old.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to NowTrending.com.