The teenage pilot, Zara Rutherford, has begun her solo flying trip worldwide to become the youngest woman to do so.
According to the BBC, Zara went to St Swithun’s School, Winchester, the sponsor of the trip. The 19-year-old took off from Kortrijk in Belgium before 10:00 BST – half an hour late due to the weather for her three-month adventure. Rutherford made her first stop at Popham Airfield in Hampshire at 11:30. She aims to fly over 52 countries. During her trip, she hopes to cross the equator twice.
Miss Rutherford’s dunker training includes maintaining her plane and practicing how to get out of an aircraft underwater.
The detour includes 70 planned stops with 19 rest days and will conclude back in Kortrijk on 4 November. The greatest will be remote places such as Greenland and northern Russia, says miss Rutherford. “There aren’t many people who live there, so if anything were to go wrong, I would be in a bit of an awkward situation,” she said.
Headmistress Jane Gandee said her former pupil was a “self-deprecating young woman who models determination, initiative and a healthy disregard for stereotypes. She has become aware of how girls and women are under-represented in some areas of life, particularly aviation, science, and technology and she wanted to do something to counter this.”
In 2017, American Shaesta Waiz, who holds the record currently dared to fly solo while she was 30-years-old. On the opposite end, the youngest male record-holder was 18 years old.
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