Teen pilot Zara Rutherford becomes youngest woman to fly the world solo

Teenage aviator Zara Rutherford has become the youngest woman to fly around the world solo

Zara Rutherford Becomes Youngest Woman To Fly The World Solo - Cnn

1/20/2022 3:34:00 PM

Teenage aviator Zara Rutherford has become the youngest woman to fly around the world solo

The 19-year-old lands at Flanders Airport in Kortrijk, Belgium, completing an epic 41-country journey spanning over 52,000 kilometers, and broke two Guinness World Records in the process.

Teenage aviator Zara Rutherford has become the youngest woman to fly around the world solo.The 19-year-old, who has dual British-Belgian nationality, landed at Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in western Belgium on Thursday, completing an epic 41-country journey spanning over 52,000 kilometers (32,300 miles), and broke two Guinness World Records in the process.

Not only has she beaten the record held by American Shaesta Waiz, who was 30 when she circumnavigated the globe unaccompanied in 2017, Rutherford also now holds the title for the first woman to circumnavigate the world in a microlight aircraft.She is also the first Belgian to fly around the world alone.

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How did you convince you’re parents to let you do this? My dad never even let my ass go down the street by myself You go girl! Fantastic achievement, she should be up for women of the year. But some bloke will probably win it Yes daddy, 💸💸💸I did it!! 😂🤣😂 AWESOME! Maybe she’s the youngest, but she’s not the first. That was Amelia Earhart years and years ago. - Lon

That's awesome. The biggest thing I ever did as a teenager was a chick with low self-esteem because of high weight numbers. Wow - super impressive

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(CNN) — Teenage aviator Zara Rutherford has become the youngest woman to fly around the world solo. The 19-year-old, who has dual British-Belgian nationality, landed at Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in western Belgium on Thursday, completing an epic 41-country journey spanning over 52,000 kilometers (32,300 miles), and broke two Guinness World Records in the process. Not only has she beaten the record held by American Shaesta Waiz, who was 30 when she circumnavigated the globe unaccompanied in 2017, Rutherford also now holds the title for the first woman to circumnavigate the world in a microlight aircraft. She is also the first Belgian to fly around the world alone. However, the teenager's route to glory hasn't been without its challenges. When Rutherford departed on August 18, 2021 in a bespoke Shark ultralight aircraft, she believed her aerial escapade would take about three months. Related content How air travel changed in 2021 Mission completed But she has been plagued by setbacks, including month-long delays in both Alaska and Russia due to"visa and weather issues," pushing her schedule back eight weeks. She was also forced to make an unscheduled landing in Redding, California due to poor visibility as a result of the wildfires in the Seattle area and was later denied permission to fly over China. "I was hoping to complete it by Christmas but I guess that's not happening anymore," Rutherford told reporters at Gimpo International Airport i n Seoul, South Korea after arriving from Vladivostok on December 13."But it's an adventure." While she's flown to an array of destinations, such as Singapore, Egypt and Greece, along with Russia and South Korea, Rutherford has been unable to explore any of them on land due to Covid-19 restrictions. The final leg of her journey was also hit with delays due to bad weather, which meant her completion date was moved back another week. Related content Why airplanes might soon have just one pilot Record-breaking mission Rutherford is currently on a gap year and plans to go to university in September to study computer engineering. Although both of her parents are pilots and she has been learning to fly since she was 14, Rutherford didn't get her first license until 2020. One of her main aims for this challenge, aside from breaking Waiz's record, was to ensure greater visibility for women in aviation. Last year, Rutherford spoke of her disappointment at the fact that just 5.1% of airline pilots around the globe are women, according to figures from the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA). "[5%] is such a small number, considering it's a career where you basically get paid to travel around the world -- obviously it's work, but it's an amazing career with amazing opportunities,"