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19-year-old Zara Rutherford Flying Solo: Aims to Set Aviation Record

Zara Rutherford, 19, Poses In A Shark Ultralight Aircraft At Popham Airfield Near Winchester, Britain July 26, 2021. Reuters/Gerhard Mey
Zara Rutherford, 19, poses in a Shark ultralight aircraft at Popham Airfield near Winchester, Britain July 26, 2021. REUTERS/Gerhard Mey

A 19-year-old is paving the way for girls in STEM by setting the record for the youngest woman to fly solo around the world next month.

Belgian-British Zara Rutherford sets off on her 51,000 kilometers (32,000 miles) journey in her bespoke Shark ultralight plane, the world’s fastest microlight, on August 11.

Once complete, Rutherford will be the youngest person to fly a microlight around the world and the youngest woman to fly solo around the world. The current world record for the latter is held by Shaesta Waiz who completed the journey aged 30.

Rutherford hopes she will pave the way for girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and inspire others to follow in her footsteps.

Zara Rutherford, 19, Poses On A Shark Ultralight Aircraft At Popham Airfield Near Winchester, Britain July 26, 2021. Reuters/Gerhard Mey
Zara Rutherford, 19, poses on a Shark ultralight aircraft at Popham Airfield near Winchester, Britain July 26, 2021. REUTERS/Gerhard Mey

“I wanted to fly around the world, have the girls see me and think, I’d love to fly one day too,” she told Reuters.

“There is a difference in aviation between men and women. So my goal is to bring the records closer and then hopefully inspire other girls to try and beat my record and then go and start competing with the boys.”

Zara Rutherford, 19, Poses On A Shark Ultralight Aircraft At Popham Airfield Near Winchester, Britain July 26, 2021. Reuters/Gerhard Mey
Zara Rutherford, 19, poses on a Shark ultralight aircraft at Popham Airfield near Winchester, Britain July 26, 2021. REUTERS/Gerhard Mey

Rutherford’s parents, Beatrice de Smet and Sam Rutherford are both pilots themselves, although her mother had mixed feelings when her daughter announced her gap year plans.

“When she first told me about it, my heart skipped a beat. It took me a bit of time to digest. And now I’m so proud and fully, fully behind her,” she said.

Zara Rutherford’s Route. Pic: Flyzolo
Zara Rutherford’s route. PIC: flyzolo

The teenager will be funding the trip herself, with the help of sponsors, and she hopes to complete the journey in around two to three months.

Source
REUTERS

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