Meet The Youngest Pilot to Circle Earth: You Don’t Have to Be Old To Achieve Huge Endeavors

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While most of the teenagers count the hours until weekend starts, until courses end, until girls join the party, some people out there think of new boundaries they could brake. On July 14, 19-year old MIT freshman Matt Guthmiller completed the more than 29,000-mile journey in a single-engine airplane. He landed his 1981 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza in El Cahon, California, after 44 days and approximately 170 hours spent in the air. That's right, the plane is much older than he is, which is amazing if you think about it!
Matt stopped 25 times in 14 different countries across five continents during his month-long journey and recently became the world’s youngest pilot to fly around Earth. Having a website to back his adventure up, the MIT freshman offered advertising space on his plane, apparel and website to organizations that would donate money for his mission. Besides aiding his world record flight, sponsors also helped his chosen charity, a non-profit organization that furthers computer science education efforts in schools.

The journey began on May 31, in California, and saw Matt stop across five continents and several countries, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines and Australia.

Born and raised in Aberdeen, Matt first began learning to fly at the age of 16, received his private pilot certificate on his 17th birthday, has gone on to earn his commercial pilot certificate and numerous ratings, and since logged more than 500 hours in the air. That’s prior to his adventure, of course.
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