PHOTO | Amazing venture: A XNUMX-year-old will become the youngest pilot to travel the world

Mac Rutherford
Mac Rutherford / Photo: EPA-EFE

Sixteen-year-old British student Mac Rutherford landed in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday as part of the African stage of his quest to become the youngest man to fly the world alone.

Mac Rutherford
Mac Rutherford / Photo: EPA-EFE / VASSIL DONEV

Mac Rutherford's journey began at the airport near Sofia, Bulgaria in March and he hopes to surpass the current record holder, his compatriot Travis Ludlow, from The Guinness Book of World Records, who first flew alone around the world last year at the age of 18.

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"I hope this trip will inspire young people to pursue their dreams," Rutherford said after getting off his plane at Wilson Airport in Nairobi.

Mac Rutherford
Mac Rutherford / Photo: EPA-EFE / VASSIL DONEV

Aircraft maker Shark Aero called the trip too dangerous and refused to partner with Rutherford's project.

"Mac is without a doubt a skilled pilot. "However, we do not want to lower the age limit to the lowest possible point for travel where it is impossible to exclude a certain risk," the company said.

Mac Rutherford
Mac Rutherford / Photo: EPA-EFE / VASSIL DONEV

Rutherford will visit four more African countries in the Indian Ocean, then head to the Middle East, Asia and North America, and eventually return to Europe.

Mac Rutherford
Mac Rutherford and his sister Zara / Photo: EPA-EFE / NEIL HALL

Mac Rutherford comes from a family of pilots and first took command at the age of seven, sitting next to his father. At the age of 15, he became the youngest pilot in the world, and now follows in the footsteps of his older sister Zara, the youngest woman to fly around the world at the age of 19.

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