MIT Freshman Could Become Youngest to Fly Solo Around the World

May 17, 2014 MIT Campus Cambridge, MA Matt Guthmiller, a 19-year-old MIT freshman, stands for a portrait on MIT campus. He is trying to become the youngest pilot to make a solo flight around the world, leaving for his trip later in May. business, 21youngpilot, caffrey Photo by Katherine Taylor for The Boston Globe
Matt Guthmiller, a 19-year-old MIT freshman, is trying to become the youngest pilot to make a solo flight around the world.

An MIT freshman is setting out to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

In less than a week, Matt Guthmiller, 19, will take off in a 1981 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza aircraft. He’ll start the journey in San Diego, make his way across the US, then fly across the Atlantic Ocean, passing over Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Ocean.

The trip, called “Limitless Horizons,” is described as “a remarkable journey for a noble cause,” according to Guthmiller’s website. Besides setting a Guinness World Record, Guthmiller’s other goal is for his round-the-world flight to raise money for, an organization that works to expand computer science programs in schools.

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The Aberdeen, South Dakota, native has a commercial pilot certificate and has clocked more than 500 hours of flying time. Guthmiller also wrote on his website that he hopes his trip will inspire others to reach their own goals. Supporters can follow his journey through his blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

“Nothing is impossible,” Guthmiller wrote. “And I’ve never been the kind of person to just hang around and wait for great things to happen. If you really want to achieve something great, you have to go out and get it.”