SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) A 17-year-old pilot became the youngest person to fly solo all over the world in a little aircraft after he landed on Wednesday in Bulgaria, where his journey kicked off five months ago.
Mack Rutherford, a Belgian-British dual national, landed on an airstrip west of Bulgarias capital, Sofia, to perform his task also to claim two Guinness World Records. Alongside becoming the youngest person to fly all over the world by himself, Rutherford may be the youngest person to circumnavigate the world in a microlight plane.
Rutherford said he hoped his achievement would inspire teenagers to pursue their dreams.
Just follow your dreams, regardless of your age work hard and progress to achieve your targets, he said after he stepped from the aircraft.
His sister, Zara, who finished her very own trip global flight in January at age 19, previously held the ultralight record. Mack Rutherford took this record from Travis Ludlow of Britain, who was simply 18 when he made a solo flight all over the world this past year.
The journey, which began March 23, took Rutherford through 52 countries over five continents. He turned 17 through the trip. To create a mark identified by the Guinness World Records, he crossed the equator twice.
Born right into a category of aviators, Rutherford qualified for his pilots license in 2020, which at that time, made him the youngest pilot on the planet at age 15.
His solo trip flying all over the world kicked off in Bulgaria because his sponsor, the net webhost ICDSoft, is headquartered in Sofia and loaned him the plane.
Like his sister, Rutherford flew a Shark, among the fastest ultralight aircraft on the planet with a cruising speed reaching 300 kph (186 mph). Normally a two-seater, it had been modified for his long journey by replacing the next seat having an extra fuel tank.
Initially planned to use up to 90 days, the trip lasted longer due to several unexpected obstacles along his way, including monsoon rains, sandstorms and extreme heat.
But a lot of the delays were due to waits to acquire permits along with other documents necessary for further flight or needing to alter the scheduled route should they were rejected.
The flight took him through Africa and the Gulf region to India, China, South Korea and Japan. He crossed the northern Pacific and landed after 10 uninterrupted hours in the air on a volcanic island close to the Bering Strait.
From there, he headed to Alaska and down the West Coast of america to Mexico. Rutherford then headed north again across the U.S. East Coast to Canada, and over the Atlantic Ocean to Europe.
On Wednesday, an enormous crowd of individuals had attained the airport to welcome Rutherford also to celebrate his achievements. Included in this were the three members of his immediate family.
His father, Sam Rutherford, said he was extremely happy and pleased with his childrens achievements. He told reporters that this event is particularly encouraging for children to check out their dreams and parents to aid them within their endeavors.
His sister, Zara Rutherford, said she kept in close touch with her younger brother during his journey.
While he was flying, I constantly tried to help keep in contact and help him. Our parents called him each day, and I joined in those conversations. I gave him suggestions about the route, on the flight, in order that I possibly could be beneficial to him, she said.
Mack Rutherford said he’ll now concentrate on his education.
The next matter Im likely to do would be to get back to school and catch up just as much as I could, he said.