19-year-old pilot hopes to become youngest to circumnavigate world
EL CAJON, Calif. (WKRC) -- A 19-year-old pilot took off from the Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Calif. May 31 to attempt a record-breaking 29,000 mile solo flight around the world om a 1981 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza N367HP.
Im just really excited. Its been a long time planning, and now here we are, Matt Guthmiller told NBC 7.
The young pilot just finished his freshman year at MIT. His flight will include 25 stops in 14 different countries on five continents.
Guthmiller hopes to break the Guiness World Record for the youngest person to circumnavigate the world in a solo flight.
The title currently belongs to Ryan Campbell from Australia who completed a solo flight around the world at the age of 19 years, 7 months and 25 days old.
Guthmiller turns that age on July 24, so he must move quickly. He also says that those young pilots who completed the feat before have inspired him.
Guthmiller plans on completing the flight by July 7 in his hometown of Aberdeen, S.D.