Mac Rutherford is the youngest person to fly solo around the world



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He became 17 years old the youngest person To fly around the world alone in a small plane on Wednesday after taking off for the first time on March 23, according to Guinness World Records (GWR).

British-Belgian national Mac Rutherford landed earlier today in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, where his journey began, according to Rutherford’s official website and GWR. He first broke out when he was still 16 years old.

Rutherford’s itinerary spanned 52 countries across five continents on a specially prepared lightweight Shark aircraft with a cruising speed of up to 300 km/h, according to his website.

“I want to take the opportunity to meet young people on my path who are doing incredible things, making a difference to their communities or even the world,” he wrote before leaving.

His journey has been traced on his website, which shows that he set off from Bulgaria towards the Mediterranean and then across the Sahara, onwards through the Middle East and then East Asia.

He has broken two world records, held by his older sister, Zara Rutherford, as the youngest person to fly around the world alone and also the youngest person to do so in a lightweight aircraft, according to GWR.

It made its final stop through the United States, Canada and Mexico before returning through Europe and landing in Sofia.

Inspired by his flying family, the teen was only 15 years old when he got his first pilot’s license, Become the youngest pilot In the world.

“When I was 15, I got my license and I was my youngest at the time. And then when my sister traveled the world, I thought, OK, there’s something I can try to strive for and achieve,” he told CNN. Earlier in August.

His flight even took him to a remote island in the North Pacific Ocean, after strong headwinds forced him to land during a flight from Japan to the United States.

“I ate a few Oreos for dinner and then slept in a little shed — but it was definitely a great experience,” he told CNN.

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