Australian teen becomes youngest to fly around the world in 70 days solo

Campbell's flight clocked up more than 44,448 kilometres in just 70 days in single engine plane.

Written by PTI | Melbourne | Published: September 8, 2013 5:46:05 pm

A 19-year-old Australian pilot has broken the world record for the youngest person to fly a single-engine aircraft solo around the globe.

Ryan Campbell began his journey 10 weeks ago from Wollongong,in southern New South Wales,and has spent 200 hours flying through 14 different countries.

His flight clocked up more than 44,448 kilometres in just 70 days in a single engine plane,’ABC News’ reported.

The ambitious teen took off on June 30 and landed back in Wollongong yesterday where he was greeted by dozens of his supporters.

Campbell broke the existing world record set by 21-year-old American Jack Wiegand earlier this year.

Campbell said although he faced many challenges,there are moments he will never forget.

“I’d come out of cloud and out of ice,stressed and worried,and immediately looked ahead and I just saw the tip of Greenland,” he said.

“You know,I’d been over water for hours and here’s these massive brown,rugged mountains covered in snow and ice and glaciers,” Campbell said.

Campbell will now fly back to his home town of Merimbula on the south coast of New South Wales.

Ryan completed his first solo flight at the age of 15,and by 18 he had obtained his commercial pilot’s licence,according to ‘Australian Geographic’.

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