Pilot, 17, lands in UK on around the world file try

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17-year-old pilot has landed in Scotland on his world file try to turn out to be the youngest individual to fly solo across the globe.

Mack Rutherford took off from Sofia, Bulgaria, on March 23 this yr and flew to Italy and Greece.

He has since flown on the world over, going through sandstorms in Sudan, excessive warmth in Dubai, airport closures in India and lots of technical points.

The British-Belgian teenager landed in Aberdeen on Saturday within the ultimate levels of his journey again to Sofia, the place he hopes to reach on August 24.

He flew over North Carolina on his travels (macksolo.com/PA)

Through the course of his journey, he has loved assembly younger folks like himself who do superb issues and make a distinction.

He mentioned: “There are various folks of my age who do superb issues. Usually few folks find out about them.”

He added: “Collectively we will present that younger folks make a distinction.”

Mack goals to interrupt the file for the youngest male to fly solo world wide, at present held by Briton Travis Ludlow, who accomplished the feat aged 18 years and 150 days.

He has been spurred on by his sister Zara, who in January this yr grew to become the youngest girl to fly world wide, aged 19, and the youngest individual to circumnavigate the world in a microlight.

{The teenager} has wished to be a pilot for the reason that age of three and certified for his pilot licence in September 2020, which on the time made him the youngest pilot on the planet on the age of 15 years and two months.

Flying runs within the household as his father Sam is an expert ferry pilot, and his mom Beatrice is a personal pilot.

Mack Rutherford together with his sister Zara (Gareth Fuller/PA) / PA Archive

He mentioned: “I’ve been lucky to have had a household that has been capable of assist me progress in my flying.

“However it doesn’t matter what background you will have, I consider it’s by no means too early to work in the direction of your goals and also you shouldn’t restrict your self by others’ expectations.”

{The teenager} is flying a Shark, a high-performance ultralight plane with a cruising pace reaching 300km/h.

The plane has been specifically ready for such an extended journey and ICDSoft, Mack’s foremost sponsor, is loaning him the aircraft for the try.


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