19-Year-Old Zara Rutherford Becomes Youngest Woman To Fly Solo Around Earth

Zara Rutherford, who is just 19 years old, has become the youngest woman to fly solo across the globe.

Rutherford is a Belgian-British pilot and this year she became the youngest woman to fly solar around the Earth.

During an interview with the Today Show on Thursday last week, she talked about her 5 month long journey. 

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During her trip, Rutherford flew across 41 countries over 5 continents and got incredible views of every single thing about this planet.

Zara Rutherford

From oceans, desserts, glaciers and also an erupting volcano, she saw them all when she was flying around earth. 

During the interview, she said: 

It is so beautiful. The planet is amazing. The places that stood out the most were the places that were remote, so I would say Siberia, Alaska and Saudi Arabia.

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She also noted during the interview that she was just happy to be back on the ground back in her home.

Rutherford said during the interview that she initially thought that the trip would be extremely complicated and dangerous.

Zara Rutherford also noted that it was one of her dreams to fly across the globe. 

Rutherford also said that it has been such a long difficult 5 months and is really happy she is back home. 

Talking about her inspiration, she said that she drew inspiration from Amelia Earhart, an American aviation pioneer, the first woman to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean.


Talking about Earhart’s work, she said:

The bravery and courage required to go out there with a map and a compass and try and fly around the world.

Out of her 71 takeoffs and landings, Rutherford said the most challenging was at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.

A report published by TODAY said that Rutherford’s ultralight aircraft is one of the fastest in the world.

Her aircraft is capable of reaching up to 180 miles per hour and can go up to 14,000 feet. 

Rutherford started flying airplanes when she was just 14.

Talking about what she experienced, she said that she got to see the side of the planet that no one gets to see. 

The thing is that she is not done fulfilling her dreams. 

Because she’s done exploring the world, Rutherford said that she plans on heading to space.

The 19-year-old said her heart is set on becoming an astronaut. 

Right now, she wants to pursue her dreams in STEM and in Aviation.

She explained: 

I want to keep talking to people about my experiences, and the big thing I am trying to do is encourage more girls and woman to go into aviation and STEM … I never really saw too many female pilots.

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