A 19-year-old female pilot traveled all over the world by flying a solo plane, taking a challenging five-month journey. In this way she has become the youngest woman to do so.
Zara Rutherford completed her journey two months behind schedule due to bad weather.
His plane was successful in completing its target and reaching Belgium’s Kortrijk-Wevelgem International Airport.
In this journey accomplished by superlight aircraft, she was stranded in Nome, Alaska for a month and Ayan, Russia for 41 days. Due to the storm, he also had to stay in Colombia.
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warm welcome back
On his return to Belgium, he was accorded a warm welcome at the airport by his family, journalists and supporters. Along with his plane, four planes of the Belgian Red Devils Aerobatic Display Team also landed there.
After getting off the plane, he wrapped himself in the flags of Britain and Belgium.
“It’s been a really crazy experience. I can’t believe it,” he told reporters.
Journalists interview Zara Rutherford upon arrival in Seoul in South Korea
In a press conference, he said that he is very happy to have completed the challenge of flying 51,000 kms.
She said, “The biggest difficulty in the journey came in Siberia. It was very cold there. If the engine had stopped there, it was very difficult to survive. I really want to tell my experience to the people. Also I want people to know Encourage me to do some exciting things in my life.”
Zara said, “If you have a chance, do so.”
First woman to travel the world in an ultralight plane
In his journey that started on August 18 last year, he made stops in more than 60 places on five continents.
British-Belgian background Zara Rutherford’s parents are both pilots. She told that she wants to encourage other girls to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.
According to Zara, her sponsors got good support in making this trip a success. In addition, his school in Hampshire in the UK and Shark, a Slovenian company that manufactures Shark ultralight aircraft, also contributed significantly.
His school was among the first to congratulate him on achieving this achievement.
His school tweeted that he was “very proud” of his achievement.
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Coming from a family of pilots, Zara Rutherford had been training to fly since she was 14
Many achievements of Zara
Before Zara Rutherford, the youngest woman to fly solo around the world was America’s Shaista Vaz. When he did this about five years ago in 2017, he was 30 years old.
However, in the case of men, this record is currently held by the 18-year-old pilot, Travis Ludlow.
Zara wrote about this on its website that they aimed to reduce the gap between male and female pilots from the earlier 11 years to just 11 months.
As well as being the youngest woman to complete this challenge, Zara Rutherford has also become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe in an ultralight aircraft.
Along with this, she has also become the first Belgian citizen to travel the world alone by plane.
took five months instead of three
Before the yatra, it was expected that this mission would take three months to complete. But in many places his journey was delayed due to bad weather. In Siberia, his visa to Russia also expired.
When she reached the city of Nome, Alaska, only three of the 39 flights were operating on schedule. So he had to wait there.
In fact, his passport was sent via airmail to the Russian consulate in Houston. But the new visa had also expired three weeks before crossing the Bering Strait.
In a video posted on Instagram, she said: “The temperature here is -18 degrees and my hands are really freezing. I’ve been here for almost a month.”
She said, “I am keeping the plane ready to fly. The weather here is not good. Every time I want to leave, sometimes in Russia, sometimes in Phnom, the weather gets very bad.”
Many obstacles in the journey
When Zara was in Siberia, once the temperature there reached -35 degrees on the surface and -20 degrees in the air. And then a mechanic shut off the air going into the plane to keep the engine warm in the terrible cold.
Despite many efforts, Zara Rutherford had to stay in Magadan for a week and then in Ayan for three weeks.
At the same time, due to bad weather at Bandar Udara Rahadi Osman Airport in Indonesia, he had to sleep in the terminal there for two nights as he did not have the necessary documents to exit the airport.
She was seen smiling in the messages posted on Instagram even after so many difficulties and away from her home on the occasion of Christmas and New Year.
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Not only this, he had to face another challenge. He had to fly his plane amidst the smoke spread from the fire in the California forest.
His plane crashed due to a block of pitot tubes in New Mexico. At the same time, he had to stay in Singapore during Christmas when the tire burst. When she was in a hotel in Veracruz, Mexico, she also experienced earthquake tremors.
She says, “All of a sudden the whole building started shaking. I don’t think I’ve ever come down the stairs so fast.”
proud of them doing their school
His school’s principal, Jane Gandy, told that Rutherford’s journey was highly appreciated by the students and staff there.
He told that not only was it difficult to fly the plane, he also had to deal with bad weather and complicated bureaucracy.
She says, “Inspired by Zara, 50 of our students were inspired to learn to fly. I am sure they will inspire many more young women around the world.”