A 19-Year-Old from MIT Wants To Be The Youngest Solo Flight Around the Globe
Matt Guthmiller, a 19-year-old freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is taking a 28,000-mile solo flight around the world later this month. If he's successful in his solo effort, he'll be the youngest person to ever circumnavigate the globe by himself. Guthmiller read an article last summer about a 21-year-old who set a record as the youngest solo pilot to ever fly around the worlde last spring. “‘Next summer I’ll be 19, and I can do that,’’’ he recalled. Guthmiller, majors in electrical engineering and computer science, is a self-taught software engineer. He'll be flying a 1981 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, a 300hp, single-engine, low-wing aircraft with six seats. Four of those seats will be removed to add extra fuel tanks. He's planning to fly as long as 14 hours at a time when traveling from Hawaii to San Diego, California.
His flight will be an effort to raise money for Code.org, with help from the nonprofit organization Limitless Horizons. The mission to to spread awareness about the importance of computer education around the world. Code.org works to ensure that computer science is part of the core curriculum in primary education, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.
“With this flight, and with Code.org," he says, "I hope to inspire other young people to attempt things of similar magnitude by showing them what’s possible.”
Guthmiller is a native of Aberdeen, S.D. His goal is to raise about $350,000. The trip begins in San Diego on May 27 and he expects to be back in early July. For more information on his itinerary, or to donate to his cause by PayPal, visit Limitless Horizons.