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British 18-year-old becomes youngest to fly around world

British 18-year-old becomes youngest to fly around world
Travis Ludlow earned a Guinness World Record as the youngest person to fly around the world solo when he completed his journey at age 18 years, 150 days. Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records

Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A British teenager became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo when he completed his flight at age 18 years, 150 days.

Travis Ludlow took off May 29 from an airport in the Netherlands and returned to the country 44 days later, after making stops in Poland, Russia, the United States, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Britain, Ireland, Spain, Morocco, France and Belgium.

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Ludlow originally planned to set off on his flight in May 2020, but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. His postponed trip still took place in time for him to set the Guinness World Record for the youngest person to circumnavigate by aircraft, solo.

The teenager's stop in the United States allowed him to meet with previous record-holder Mason Andrews, who was 18 years, 163 days old when he completed his circumnavigation flight in October 2018.

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