He feels like a star right now.
After landing in the Bulgarian city of Sofia on Wednesday, a 17-year-old made aviation history by becoming the youngest person to fly solo around the globe.
When he was only 16 years old, British-Belgian pilot Mack Rutherford set off from Sofia on March 23 and spent six months traveling across 52 nations and five continents in a Shark ultralight aircraft.
“Just follow your dreams, no matter how old you are—work hard and move forward to achieve your goals,” Rutherford said.
Setting new records in flight runs in the family. Mack’s 19-year-old sister, Zara, made history by landing in January as the youngest person to fly solo around the globe.
Both of their parents are pilots.
Zara held the record for the youngest person to fly a microlight aircraft worldwide until Mack did so. Zara was unfazed by it.
Mack posted updates virtually every day on an Instagram feed and described his winding trip. Along the voyage, he encountered many difficulties, but the most difficult one was landing on an uninhabited island at the tip of Alaska’s Aleutian chain.
Attu, which saw action during World War II, has been deserted since 2010. However, an airfield is still present.
Briton Travis Ludlow, who completed his globe in October 2021 at 18, formerly held the record for the youngest solo circumnavigation.