Teenage pilot Zara Rutherford from Belgium has grow to be the youngest girl at 19 years outdated to fly solo around the globe, touchdown at Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in western Belgium on Thursday 20 January 2022.
She accomplished a 52 000 km journey spanning 41 international locations and managed to interrupt two Guinness World Data within the course of.
Not solely did she beat the document for the youngest feminine pilot to circumnavigate the world by 11 years, beforehand held by American aviator Shaesta Waiz who was 30 on the time, Rutherford additionally holds the document as the primary girl to circumnavigate the world in a microlight plane.
She additionally broke the nationwide document, as the primary Belgian to fly around the globe alone. In keeping with The Guardian, Rutherford began flying on the age of 14, and already had a dream of flying around the globe again then.
‘The dream was actually to fly around the globe. However I all the time thought it was not possible: it’s costly, harmful, difficult, a logistical nightmare,’ she stated. ‘So I by no means actually thought of it twice. After which I used to be ending faculty and I assumed: if I’m going to do one thing loopy with my life that is the proper time to do it.’
Now, she plans on finding out electrical engineering, however hopes that her journey would encourage extra ladies to take up science and engineering.
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