17 Year-Old Becomes Youngest Pilot To Fly Solo Around The World
A 17-year-old pilot became the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a small aircraft after he landed today in Bulgaria, where his journey began five months ago.
Mack Rutherford, a Belgian-British dual national, landed on an airstrip west of Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, to complete his mission and to claim two Guinness World Records in the process, having battled monsoons, sandstorms and extreme heat.
Along with becoming the youngest person to fly around the world by himself, Rutherford is the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe in a microlight plane.
Rutherford said he hoped his achievement would inspire other young people to pursue their dreams.
‘Just follow your dreams, no matter how old you are – work hard and move forward to achieve your goals,’ he said after he stepped out of the aircraft.