Pretty amazing achievement. He made lots of stops (legs), since he left California on May 31st. Even landed in Egypt, Abu Dhabi and India, but there don’t seem to have been any political problems. I wonder what kind of life this young man will have now that he has such a confidence-building accomplishment to his credit. How did he even arrive at this point, before he took off. Maybe I can learn more…

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

Nineteen-year-old Matt Guthmiller of South Dakota completed the more than 29,000-mile (46,670-kilometer) journey in a single-engine airplane Monday night (July 14th) when he touched down at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California.

Guthmiller’s flight began May 31. His final, 16-hour leg took him from Honolulu, Hawaii, over the Pacific Ocean to El Cajon.

The Aberdeen, South Dakota, native was greeted by reporters and his mother in El Cajon. He says “it’s great to be back.”

The previous record was set by Australian Ryan Campbell who was 19 years, seven months and 25 days old when he completed the circumnavigation last year. Guthmiller will be that age on July 24.

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