Teen aims for around-world, solo flight record

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

If he's successful, Campbell will unseat Californian Jack Wiegand, who set the record in June when he completed a global flight at age 21.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- A 19-year-old Australian is aiming for the Guinness World Record for the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

Ryan Campbell left Wollongong, Australia, on June 30. He aims to finish his route on Sept. 7. He is spending much of this week in Oshkosh, Wis., at AirVenture, one of the nation's largest air shows.

Campbell says he wanted to fly from the time he was 6. He flew solo at 15, got his pilot's license at 17 and earned his commercial pilot's license at 18.

He says he hopes his success inspires more young people to consider careers in aviation.


The comment sections of our web set are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from the viewers but we are not obligated to post comments we feel inappropriate or violate our guidelines. Here are some of the criteria you should follow when posting comments:

Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. Children and families visit this site. We will delete comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.

We will delete all comments using hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our web site.

Comments should not attack other readers personally.

We will delete comments we deem offensive, in bad taste, or out of bounds. We are not obligated to post comments that are rude or insensitive.

We do not edit user-submitted comments.

As a host WEAU 13 News welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However, we have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason WEAU 13 News reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus
WEAU 13 NEWS 1907 S. Hastings Way Eau Claire, WI 54701 By Phone: Main Number (715) 835-1313 and (715) 832-3474. Tip Line (715) 839-WEAU - (715) 839-9328 Sports Line (715) 852-1537
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 217822441 - weau.com/a?a=217822441
Gray Television, Inc.