Mack Rutherford, who has just arrived Da Nang on a round-the-world journey, spent many years training to become the youngest pilot in the world.
Mack Rutherford, a 16-year-old British-Belgian teenager, landed in Da Nang on July 19 in his quest to break the record for the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world.
Mack began this journey on March 23, departing from the Bulgarian capital Sofia on a Shark Aero Shark UL single-engine plane nicknamed “Sharky”. If the long journey is over successfully, Mack will break the record of British pilot Travis Ludlow, who flew solo around the world in 2021 at the age of 18.
Rutherford was licensed in 2020 at the age of 15 and became the youngest pilot in the world at that time.
Now in his solo journey to conquer the sky, Rutherford will travel through 52 countries on 5 continents, and cross the equator twice to comply with Guinness World Records regulations.
“I would like to take this opportunity to meet young people making positive contributions to their communities and the whole world. Very few people know them. We will altogether show how young people can make a difference,” Mack said in India last weekend.
Mack landed in Da Nang on the 108th day of the journey. On the website, Mack’s support team said he enjoyed the favorable weather and beautiful scenery while flying from Thailand to Vietnam. He also took photos at Dragon Bridge and enjoyed local specialties.
After leaving Da Nang, Mack continued to fly to the Philippines on July 20. When his journey in Asia is over, he will fly to North America and then return to Europe to conclude his round-the-world trip.