Teen pilot Travis Ludlow youngest to fly solo around the world

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image captionTravis Ludlow with his Guinness World Records certificate

An 18-year-old aviator has breached a Guinness World Record to go the youngest idiosyncratic to alert solo circular the satellite successful a single-engine aircraft.

Travis Ludlow, from Ibstone, Buckinghamshire, landed successful the Netherlands connected Tuesday, having spent 44 days completing the 24,900-mile (40,072km) journey.

At 18 years and 150 days old, helium was 13 days younger than the erstwhile record-holder.

He said it was a "strange feeling".

The teenage aviator said for the archetypal clip successful weeks helium did not person to interest astir getting up early, going to furniture late, hard terrain helium mightiness person to alert over, oregon storms.

"It's a unusual feeling - present I am, I've arrived and I've got thing to interest astir time - it's weird."

Mr Ludlow took up flying aged conscionable 12 and became the UK's youngest glider aviator astatine 14.

image copyrightTravis Ludlow

image captionHe was posting photos and videos during his trip

His record-breaking formation successful his 2001 Cessna 172R took him crossed Europe, done Russia and America, earlier returning via Canada, Greenland and Iceland.

The planned way took successful astir 60 stops crossed 9 countries.

The erstwhile record-holder, Mason Andrews, from Louisiana, completed his formation successful 2018.

Recalling his ain trip, Mr Andrews aid: "It's truly the astir unsafe and hard happening you could bash successful a single-engine airplane.

"Travis has a agleam aboriginal up of him.

"World records are made to beryllium broken. I had the record. I don't get thing by continuing to clasp the grounds truthful I'm much than consenting to walk the torch connected to the adjacent generation."

Now Mr Ludlow's grounds has been verified and helium has the certificate to beryllium it, helium said helium had an ambition to interruption the grounds for flying solo astir the satellite successful an electrical aircraft.

image copyrightNick Ludlow

image captionHe flew solo successful his 2001 Cessna 172R successful his bid to interruption the existent record

His mother, Loryn Ludlow, said for present she was conscionable blessed to person her lad home.

It was "unbelievable", what helium had achieved, she said, and the household was "so very, precise proud."

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