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Teen becomes youngest woman to fly solo around the world

Teenager Zara Rutherford has become the youngest woman ever to fly solo around the world. The 19-year-old pilot took five months to complete the world record flight, covering 52 countries along the 32,000 mile (51,000 km) journey. She said she was in tears during the final leg to Belgium, and was looking forward to seeing her cats. Ms Rutherford hopes to become an astronaut and to inspire more young women to become pilots. ( More...

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Cleffer 6
I was able to track her progress for the entire journey. It was all done under VFR. Incredible. Was happy to see her land home yesterday with two World Records.

I started tracking progress from when she was in Iceland. Fantastic achievement and will look good on her resume /CV
Cleffer 3
Total distance: 52,080.3 km (28,121 nautical miles)
Total time in the air: 260 hours
Takeoffs and landings: 71 (69 stops, including 10 diversions to an airfield other than planned; 2 returns to the same airfield)
Longest flight: 2000 km (1080 nautical miles)
Longest flight over water: 1861 km (1005 nautical miles)
Highest altitude: 4200 meters (13,800 ft), over Greenland
Continents visited: 5
Countries visited: 41
Highest temperature in flight: +36°C (Colombia)
Lowest temperature in flight: -25°C (Ayan, Siberia, Russia), dropping to -35°C at night
Franco Prizzi 5
Well done Zara. For me it was like not just to accomplish records, but a dream come through.
Rick D 4
A simple reply to those who want to diminish Zara's accomplishment. Just ask them how long it took them to fly around the world. When I was 19, a long cross country was from YXX to YYJ, and I was lost half the time. Way to go, Zara. You deserve to be proud.
Jay Santana 4
Dreams really do come true , she is proof of this!!
lynx318 3
What an effort. Wish I could do something like this. Alas too late in life now.

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What was that diatribe all about ? ? ?
Just down vote him. Disgraceful that he posts this when a young person achieves such a record. Tenacity, patience and training are at the core of her success. Well done Zara.
sensfan2513 2
Typical angry anti-"woke" screed from that jerk. You can safely bet that if he's talking, it'll sound like that.
lynx318 2
When will admins remove this troll.?


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