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Teen becomes youngest pilot to fly around world solo

A British-Belgian teenager pilot became the youngest person to solo fly around the globe.

Mack Rutherford (17) took off from Sofia, Bulgaria, on 23 March and flew to Italy, Greece and the US before traversing Asia, Africa and the two oceans.

Five months after he began his journey, the aviator returned to the capital of Bulgaria on Wednesday.

He broke the Guinness World Record of 18-year-old Travis Ludlow, who did the feat in 2021 at the age of 18 and 150 days.


Zara, Mack’s sister, encouraged him to do well. Zara was the youngest woman to fly all around the globe in January.

He flew an ultralight Shark that has a speed of 300km/h (186mph).

He spoke in Bulgaria and told reporters that he believed it was important to follow his dreams no matter your age.

“Work hard, and keep moving forward in order to reach your goals.”

His journey began 23 March, and has seen him face sandstorms and extreme heat in Sudan and Dubai as well as airport closures in India.

He spoke out ahead of his trip to say that flying was a “dream” for him and his sister. They are following the footsteps of their father and mother, both skilled pilots.

“When you are in the air, you see everything so small that you can literally go anywhere you want.

“It’s amazing, I love it.”

Sky News has more:

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Mack, the youngest pilot in the world aged 15 years and 2 weeks, was granted his pilot’s license in July 2020. He insists he doesn’t want to be a savior of his sister. Instead, he sees her as an inspiration.


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