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Mack Rutherford, the youngest pilot to circumnavigate the world

Mack Rutherford, a 17-year-old pilot, broke two Guinness World Records as the youngest person to fly solo around the world and circumnavigate the globe in a microlight. The British-Belgian teenager made the journey aboard a Shark.Aereo Shark ultralight plane, which was modified to a single-seater and included an additional fuel tank. Mack Solo, as the young man is also known, started the journey when he was still 16 years old. The adventure began on March 23, 2022, in Sofia, Bulgaria, from where he left for Italy. He subsequently flew to Greece, Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Belgium. The 5-month journey ended on August 24, 2022. The long journey was not without its unforeseen events, as Rutherford faced inclement weather, including sandstorms in Sudan and extreme heat in the United Arab Emirates. As for technical difficulties, the pilot had to solve multiple problems with his plane. To this was added the closure of airports in India, the ban on flying over Russian airspace and the initial refusal of the Japanese government, which in the end agreed to support Mack. In the end, the crossing was a complete success. One of the reasons that motivated Rutherford to make this trip was to demonstrate that young people can make a difference and it is not necessary to be of legal age to make history. Let us remember that Mack Solo unseated Travis Ludlow who held the Guinness record by making the trip alone at the age of 18. Mack Rutherford's inspiration comes from his family, as they have been aviators for over 5 generations. The young man became the youngest pilot in the world at the age of 15 and decided to follow in the footsteps of his sister Zara, who last year took her own Guinness record, as the youngest woman to travel the world alone.

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