Teen Becomes Youngest Person To Fly Solo Around The World

A 17-year-old pilot on Wednesday turned the youngest individual to fly solo all over the world in a small aircraft.

Mack Rutherford, who’s Belgian and British, landed in Sofia, Bulgaria, the place he started his journey 5 months in the past. Rutherford broke two Guinness World Data: The youngest individual to circumnavigate the globe solo, in addition to the youngest individual to fly all over the world in an ultralight plane.

“I’m very happy to have been able to complete my five month journey around the world, and I’m back in Sofia safely and successfully,” {the teenager} mentioned in a video after touchdown. “It took a bit longer than it was supposed to … but everything is completely fine.”

Rutherford was 16 years previous when he started his journey on March 23, setting off on an journey that spanned dozens of nations over 5 continents. The flight ― which has been documented reside on-line ― lasted 142 days and coated 33,631 miles within the air, in accordance with his Fb web page. Rutherford registered 68 takeoffs and landings, with the best altitude having been reached in Mexico at 12,500 toes.

The teenager initially deliberate for the journey to final about three months, nevertheless hurdles like excessive climate and complex allow processes resulted in an extended flight. Rutherford flew a Shark Aero, the identical type of microlight aircraft his sister Zara Rutherford flew when she set the world file in January because the youngest lady to circumnavigate the globe solo at 19.

“I’m definitely going to miss flying, but also with this journey I’m trying to show that young people can make a difference,” Mack Rutherford mentioned. “You don’t have to be 18 to do something special. Just follow your dreams, and they’ll eventually come true.”