19-Year-Old Hopes to Become Youngest Person to Fly Solo Around the World
A 19-year-old college student says he plans to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world this summer.
Matt Guthmiller got his pilot license on his 17th birthday. Since then, he has finished his first year at MIT, balancing homework and training for his trip around the world.
Guthmiller will take off tomorrow. He is giving himself one month to fly 27,000 miles in a small, single-engine plane that was built in the ‘80s.
The teen was on “Shepard Smith Reporting” today ahead of his journey.
“A lot of people at first were pretty skeptical, you know, they didn’t think I could do it or they thought that a 19-year-old with 500 flight hours had no business flying around the world, but I found a few people that I was able to convince, and they’re pretty supportive,” he said.
Guthmiller is raising money through sponsors and plans to donate all proceeds to Code.org, a nonprofit that is pushing for computer science in K-12 education.
Watch the full interview above.