[Worldkings] Top Influential Young Talents in the World (P. 49) Mack Rutherford (2005, Belgium): The youngest pilot to fly solo around the world


(Worldkings.org) Mack Rutherford is a British-Belgian aviator who, on August 24, 2022, at the age of 17 years and 64 days, became the youngest person ever to fly solo around the world.

Mack Rutherford (born 21 June 2005) is a British-Belgian aviator. On 24 August 2022, under the name Macksolo, he became the youngest person ever to fly solo around the world (and first ever minor/under eighteen years old).



Rutherford's journey around the world began on March 23, 2022, from Sofia, Bulgaria. He flew over Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. He encountered a number of challenges along the way, including bad weather, mechanical problems, and political unrest.

His longest and most difficult flight took him 10 hours over the icy waters of the Northern Pacific Ocean, from Kushiro, Japan, to Attu island, USA, an uninhabited island where he had to land due to unexpected headwinds and the sun setting. He spent the night in an abandoned shed on the runway of this former US Coast guard station, before continuing his journey over the Aleutian islands to mainland Alaska.

The journey was originally expected to take about 2,5 months, but in the end, it took 5 months and a day. On 24 August 2022, he landed back at his starting point: Sofia West, an airfield close to the capital of Sofia, Bulgaria, where his sponsor ICDSoft is based.



The 20th of January 2022 Mack was honoured at the annual Awards of the Living Legends of Aviation with the "Barron Hilton Aviation Inspiration Award". On 12 September 2022, the Honourable Company of Air Pilots announced that Mack Rutherford had been awarded the Master's Medal "in recognition of his amazing feat of flying and endurance".

Rutherford's achievement has been praised by aviation experts and organizations. He has been called an inspiration to young people and a role model for aspiring pilots.


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