WORLDKINGS - Worldkings News - Europe Records Institute (EURI) – Zara Rutherford: World’s first woman to complete a circumnavigation in a microlight aircraft

27-01-2022

(WorldKings.org) Zara Rutherford (born 5 July 2002) is a Belgian-British aviator. At age 19, she became the youngest female pilot to fly solo around the world and the first person to complete a circumnavigation in a microlight aircraft on 20 January 2022.

 

Zara Rutherford was born in Brussels, Belgium, to British professional pilot Sam Rutherford and Belgian recreational pilot and lawyer Beatrice de Smet. As a young girl, Rutherford would accompany her father, sometimes flying part of the way herself. At the age of 14, she began training to become a pilot and gained her pilot's license in 2020. She completed her A levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Economics and Physics at St. Swithun's School, a girls' school in Winchester, Hampshire, England.

At age 19, she became the youngest female pilot to fly solo around the world and the first person to complete a circumnavigation in a microlight aircraft after a five-month journey which began in Kortrijk, Belgium, on 18 August 2021, and ended on 20 January 2022.

On 26 July 2021, at a press conference at Popham Airfield near Winchester, Rutherford announced her bid to become the youngest female pilot to fly solo around the world, at the age of 19. 

Rutherford began her solo attempt from Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in Belgium on 18 August 2021 aboard a Shark UL aircraft, which was loaned to her by the Slovakian manufacturer Shark.Aero. Arriving in Kortrijk, Belgium, on 20 January 2022 she completed a circumnavigation of the world and landed at the same airport from which she began the trip.

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