19-year-old Zara Rutherford becomes the youngest woman to fly solo around the globe

A Guinness World Record has been achieved by Zara Rutherford for being the youngest woman in the world to fly solo around the world. This pilot broke all the records at just her 19th age. Rutherford completed her five-month-long journey hours earlier and she is now the young pilot to fly solo around the globe. 

Enjoying each and every second of her life experience, she covered almost 41 countries on 5 continents. She landed in Kortrijk-Wevelgem in Belgium, two months later than planned as a result of adverse weather. During the trip she spent a month stuck in Nome, Alaska, and 41 days in Russia.

“It is so beautiful. The planet is amazing. The places that stood out the most were the places that were remote, so I would say Siberia, Alaska and Saudi Arabia,” Rutherford told to media. 

However, her travel was not so smooth and she faced challenges when taking each turn. The flying conditions at the pit-stop to Eaglesbach were a reminder of the challenges. Strong winds, turmoil, and rain made the flight longer than she had expected.

She was accompanied in her landing by four planes from the Belgian Red Devils aerobatic display team. After landing, she wrapped herself in British and Belgian flags and told reporters: “It’s just really crazy, I haven’t quite processed it.”

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Zara Rutherford sets the record after a 30-year-old American aviator Shaesta Waiz created a record in 2017 for flying around the globe solo. Shaesta Waiz is an American pilot. She was the first female certified civilian pilot born in Afghanistan, and in 2017, became the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft. The youngest male record holder, Mason Andrews, was 18 years old when he made the journey in 2018.

Zara’s parents are pilots and she has been traveling in small planes since she was 6. At 14, she started flying herself. Her former school was among the first to congratulate Zara, tweeting it was “super proud” of her achievement.