パイロット, 19, 世界一周旅行をする最年少の女性です

ラザフォードは、30歳のアメリカ人パイロット、シェスタ・ワイズがそれ以来保持していたマークを設定した後、ギネス世界記録の本に自分自身を見つけるでしょう 2017.

The overall record will remain out of Rutherford’s grasp, since Briton Travis Ludlow set that benchmark last year as an 18-year-old.

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Her global flight in her ultralight Shark plane was supposed to take three months, but relentless bad weather and visa issues kept her grounded sometimes for weeks on end, extending her adventure by about two months.

木曜日に, 雨, drizzle, sunshine and even a rainbow over Kortrijk airport exemplified the changing, often bad weather she had been facing all too often.

After she was escorted by a four-plane formation in a huge V across much of Belgium, she did a flyby of the airport before finally landing. After waving to the jubilant crowds, she embraced her parents and draped herself both in the Union Jack and Belgian tricolor flag.

Winter in ヨーロッパ poses a lot of challenges,” she said as she was held back for days on the last few legs of the trip. また, she had had to deal with -35 C (-31 F) in Siberia and 32 C (90 F) in Indonesia. Fog, smoke from wildfires and even typhoons also held her back.

In her trek of more than 52,000 キロメートル (28,000 nautical miles), she stopped over in five continents and visited 41 nations.

The people were incredible, everywhere,” 彼女は言いました.

Rutherford’s flight saw her steer clear of wildfires in カリフォルニア, deal with biting cold over ロシア and narrowly avoid North Korean airspace. She flew by Visual Flight Rules, basically going on sight only, often slowing down progress when more sophisticated systems could have led her through clouds and fog.

Sometimes she feared for her life, and at other times she simply yearned for the simple comforts of home. Flying runs in her blood since both her parents are pilots and she has been traveling in small planes since she was 6. で 14, she started flying herself.

With the final touchdown, the teenager wants to infuse young women and girls worldwide with the spirit of aviation — and an enthusiasm for studies in the exact sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology.

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