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Teen pilot Zara Rutherford completes record flight around the world

An impressive record for this Belgian-British girl!!

Nineteen-year-old Belgian-British pilot Zara Rutherford has set a world record as the youngest woman to fly solo around the world, touching her small plane down in Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in western Belgium on Thursday – 155 days after she departed. She completed an epic 41-country journey spanning over 52,000 kilometers. By completing this journey, she is also the first Belgian to have ever circumnavigated the globe solo.

She made it count for herself, her family and dedicated it to all young women trying to succeed in male-dominated sectors like aviation, and the exact sciences that drive the industry.

“Go for it. It takes a lot of time, patience, a lot of work, but it is incredible,” she said after an adventure that gave her as many thrills as scares – from the frozen tundra in Siberia to typhoons in the Philippines and the stark beauty of the Arabian Desert.

Click here to view her website and learn more about her mission.