Flying Solo: Fresno Pilot Breaks Record With Round-the-World Flight
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) —
He left Fresno last month, just another pilot on a journey.
Saturday, 21-year-old Jack Wiegand landed in Fresno a new world record-holder, becoming the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world.
He began his trip 59 days ago, and flew over a dozen countries and three oceans.
"I can't believe the trip is over, it's weird to think I won't be climbing into a plane again tomorrow to go somewhere else in this world," said Wiegand.
He made 22 stops during his journey around the world, and visited landmarks in Italy, England, Iceland, and Egypt.
Wiegand says he had an interesting experience flying over the Middle East.
"Being intercepted by an F-18 fighter jet over the Arabian Sea when north of you is Pakistan and Iran, kind of gives you an eerie feeling," said Wiegand.
Wiegand now has a lot of celebrating to do and his record-breaking journey isn't the only milestone he'll be marking, now that he's back home.
"I celebrated my 21st birthday in Japan where I was already legal to drink, so I'm going to have to celebrate my 21st birthday in Fresno," said Wiegand.
Wiegand, is 21 years and 7 days old.
He broke the current record held by a Malaysian pilot, who was 21 years and 344 days old when he earned the title earlier this year.