Zara Rutherford, 19, back in Belgium after record world solo flight Jan 21, 2022 0 0 12345 dpaBrussels Nineteen-year-old Zara Rutherford became the youngest woman to fly solo around the world, arriving back in Belgium on Thursday after an odyssey spanning 52 countries and five continents.The Belgian-British teenager touched down at Kortrijk-Wevelgem airfield - the final stop in a expedition that kicked off in August and lasted 156 days - greeted by her family, fans and crowds of reporters.Within hours, Guinness World Records confirmed that Rutherford was indeed the youngest woman to complete the feat, and also the youngest person of any gender to circumnavigate solo in a microlight airplane.Her personal highlights? Siberia, even though it was in her words, the “hardest past.” “Taiwan, I remember, was gorgeous. And reaching Bulgaria,” she told journalists.Rutherford beat previous record-holder Shaesta Waiz of the United States, who flew around the planet alone at the age of 30 in 2017.The male record-holder was 18 years old.The young pilot has been touting her epic journey on social media, hoping to get more women and girls interested in flying, or science and engineering more broadly.Rutherford flew an ultralight aircraft made in Europe called a “Shark,” capable of cruising at 300 kilometres per hour, her site states.The teenager comes from a family of aviators: Both her Belgian mother and her English father are pilots.She knew first-hand what the inside of a cockpit looked like when she was just a few months old. At 14, she learned how to steer a plane and soon starting working towards her first pilot’s licence.“Growing up I was always around airplanes,” she said Thursday. After finishing school, she decided is the was the perfect time to “do something crazy” and fly around the world, Rutherford explained.She is to start her university studies in electrical engineering in September. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES German abuse study accuses Pope Benedict of misconduct Jan 21, 2022 0 0 US, Germany put on united front against Russia during Berlin talks Jan 21, 2022 0 0 Republicans block Democrats’ voting rights push in Senate Jan 21, 2022 0 0 Invasion of Ukraine would not be 'a cakewalk' for Russia: Biden Washington: US President Joe Biden said Wednesday an invasion of Ukraine would not be “a cakewalk” for Russia, in reference to tough sanctions Moscow would face from Washington and its allies. Militarily, Russia has an .. Prosecutor asks court to reject Breivik parole application Copenhagen: Norwegian prosecutors have told the parole hearing of convicted terrorist and mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik that they still consider him to be extremely dangerous and have asked the court to reject .. SC rejects Trump’s plea to shield records from January 6 probe dpa Washington The Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down former President Donald Trump’s plea to shield his White House records from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. With one dissent, .. Opponents of Johnson facing ‘blackmail’: MP dpa London A senior member of Britain’s parliament has urged fellow Conservatives facing “intimidation” over their support for a no confidence motion in Prime Minister Boris Johnson to report it to the police. William .. Berlin court rejects Afghan’s plea after two-year-wait for visa date Berlin: People seeking a visa to travel in Germany must appear at a German embassy in person, a court ruled on Thursday, after a case brought by a woman from Aghanistan had waited two years for an appointment. The Berlin ..