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19-year-old flies around the world alone: now she has landed in Hesse

Zara Rutherford wants to be the youngest woman to fly around the world – alone. It has now landed in Egelsbach near Frankfurt and is about to complete its circumnavigation.

Update from Wednesday, January 19th, 2022, 5:19 p.m .: 19-year-old Zara Rutherford landed on Wednesday (January 19th, 2022) with an ultralight at the airport in Egelsbach near Frankfurt * and is now about to complete her trip around the world. Rutherford said after landing that she was looking forward to returning home soon and to her family. The stop in Hessian Egelsbach (Offenbach district), the last stopover planned before the completion of the round-the-world trip, was delayed several times by days due to the weather.

The Belgian-British pilot wants to fly on from Hesse to Kortrijk in Belgium, where her journey began on August 18 last year. With the flight she wants to break a Guinness World Record. Rutherford wants to become the youngest woman in the world to fly that flight alone. So far, the US American Shaesta Waiz, who flew around the planet alone at the age of 30, holds this world record.

19-year-old flies around the world alone – last leg over Hesse causes problems

Update from January 16, 2022, 3:30 p.m .: Zara Rutherford’s world tour does not go quite as planned. The 19-year-old actually wanted to be back in her home country of Belgium after three months. However, almost five months have passed since the start on August 18, 2021, with immigration problems and bad weather holding up the pilot. The last section of the record journey, where Rutherford wants to head for Frankfurt-Egelsbach Airport, is also delayed.

Two hours before the planned arrival on Sunday (January 16, 2022) near Frankfurt, the flight was canceled due to bad weather, as reported by The 19-year-old’s website, where observers can follow the record attempt live, shows that Rutherford’s microlight is still in the Czech town of Benešov. However, the delay should not affect the record breaking.

Record attempt brings Zara Rutherford to Frankfurt-Egelsbach

Zara Rutherford has more than ten years to complete her solo world tour as the youngest woman. The current record is 30 years. According to information from, arrival at Frankfurt-Egelsbach Airport has been postponed to Monday or Tuesday.

With her record attempt, the 19-year-old wants to set an example for equal rights for women and men. With the flight, she wants to encourage girls and young women to pursue their dreams.

Alone around the world: 19-year-old lands in Hesse after flying around the world

First report from January 6th, 2022, 3:07 p.m.: Frankfurt – Zara Rutherford has fulfilled a dream. She was on the road for almost five months and flew around the world alone. If everything goes as planned, she will land at Frankfurt-Egelsbach Airport on January 12, the 19-year-old said. The next day you will then return from the airport near Frankfurt* to your starting country, Belgium. If all goes well, Rutherford will be the youngest woman to fly solo around the world.

The trip, originally planned to last three months, began on August 18, 2021 in the Belgian city of Kortijk. Rutherford was born with a passion for flying: both her Belgian mother and her English father are pilots. Even as a small child, she knew what a cockpit looked like from the inside, she said shortly before she took off.

Dangerous circumnavigation: Rutherford flew all over the world

During her months in the air, Rutherford saw a lot: her journey first took her across the Atlantic and, after stopovers in Iceland and Greenland, to Canada. From there it went on to the east coast of the USA, further south to Colombia and then to the west coast of the USA to Alaska.

Die 19-jährige Zara Rutherford vor dem Start ihrer Weltumrundung.


19-year-old Zara Rutherford before the start of her circumnavigation of the world.

After problems with Rutherford’s visa in Alaska, the dangerous crossing of the Bering Sea to Russia followed. On her onward flight in Southeast Asia she finally came to India via Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia. She came to Hungary via the Middle East, from where she wants to return to Belgium via Germany. Rutherford traveled with an ultralight aircraft from the “Shark” series, she financed her trips with the help of sponsors and savings.

Rutherford wants to set an example with a record attempt

With her circumnavigation and record attempt, Zara wants to inspire young women and girls and draw attention to injustice between the sexes. “Only five percent of airline pilots and 15 percent of computer scientists are women. In both fields – aviation and STEM – the gender gap is huge,” explains Zara Rutherford in a press release. This inequality also becomes clear using the example of her own trip around the world and her record attempt. While the youngest male circumnavigator is an 18-year-old, the youngest woman was 30.

The unequal distribution of the sexes lies in the upbringing of children. It is a “dream gap” as our dreams are shaped from an early age by the fairy tales and role models we are exposed to. According to Rutherford, it is through “toys, street names, history classes and movies” that boys learn that they can become “scientists, astronauts, CEOs or presidents”. At the same time, girls are often encouraged to be “beautiful, kind, helpful, and sweet.” With her flight, she wants to show young women that they can be brave and ambitious and make their dreams come true.

Numerous world records have also been set in Hesse*. (spr/vbu) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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