Brit traveler Graham Hughes was recently awarded a Guinness World Record for taking a selfie in every country without ever setting foot aboard a plane.
19-year-old, South Dakota-native Matt Guthmiller is hoping to snag his Guinness World Record by doing pretty much the exact opposite – circling the entire globe in a plane. By himself. And If he successfully completes the 28,000mi solo flight (with or without selfies), Guthmiller would become the youngest person ever to do so.
A licensed pilot (who began flying at age 16) and electrical engineering/computer science major at MIT (Course 6, representin'!), Guthmiller left his hometown of Aberdeen in late May at the helm of his 1981 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, a six-seater, single-engine prop plane that can cruise at a steady 185mph. He's currently in New York City, having clocked 14.5 hours of his estimated 144.5-hour journey.
With the entire adventure documented on his website, you can track his whereabouts/itinerary -- which sees him touching down in Greece, Thailand, Hawaii, and Samoa, among other locations, before returning to Aberdeen -- and follow his quest to steal the title of youngest pilot to fly across the world from the current record holder, 21-year-old Jack Wiegland who completed the feat last year.
As Guthmiller says on his website, “I’m always looking for new challenges and unique experiences, but this is the biggest challenge I will have conquered... Fewer people have flown solo around the world than have been to space”.
In spite of his lofty ambitions, Guthmiller's staying pretty grounded, donating all profits from his trip (to which you can contribute) to Code.org, a non-profit organization that pushes for computer science to be more widely available in schools.
Check out pictures of Guthmiller with his plane below.