Teen Pilot Sets World Record For Solo Trip Around The Globe

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The record for a solo trip around the globe, in a plane, has been broken by an 18-year-old pilot from Australia. Lachlan Smart, landed in eastern Australia, to become the youngest pilot to fly solo, around the globe in a single-engine plane.

Smart took seven weeks to achieve this feat. piloting a Cirrus SR22 aircraft. Covering over 24 locations and 15 countries, he landed in the same airstrip, from where he took off on July 4. Smart is 18 years, 7 months and 21 days. He is almost a year younger than previous record holder from America, Matt Guthmiller.

Smart faced various challenges during his epic journey, such as, weather and dealing with overseas air traffic control. According to Smart's website, The journey covered over 44,448kms and included stops in Fiji, American Samoa, Kiribati, Hawaii, mainland USA, Canada, The Azores, Great Britain, France, Greece, Egypt, Oman, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia and finally Australia.

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Story first published: Monday, August 29, 2016, 11:55 [IST]
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