16-year-old British-Belgian pilot arrives in Vietnam on round-the-world flight

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16-year-old British-Belgian pilot arrives in Vietnam on round-the-world flight

Mack Rutherford, a 16-year-old British-Belgian pilot, poses for a photo at the Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam, on July 19, 2022. Photo: UK In Vietnam

Mack Rutherford, a 16-year-old British-Belgian person, landed his plane in the central coastal city of Da Nang on Tuesday afternoon as part of his journey to become the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world, according to the British Embassy in Vietnam.

Since March, when Rutherford took off from Bulgaria in his Sharky ultralight aircraft, he has crossed Europe, Africa, and now Asia.

Before reaching Vietnam, he made pit stops in Kolkata, India and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Rutherford’s aircraft can reach speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour. It is well-equipped for long-distance travel.

His next destination is the Philippines.

Rutherford comes from a family of pilots, and he has flown hundreds of hours with his professional pilot father.

These flights included two Trans-Atlantic crossings.

Zara Rutherford, Mack Rutherford’s 19-year-old older sister, became the world’s youngest female pilot to fly solo around the world earlier this year.

Mack shared on his website that he earned his microlight pilot’s license at the age of 15, making him the world’s youngest pilot.

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