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South Dakota Teen Sets Solo Flight Record

Limitless Horizons

This summer 19-year-old Aberdeen pilot Matt Guthmiller became the youngest person to fly solo around the world. On May 31, Guthmiller took off from Gillespie Field near San Diego in a prop-powered, single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36.

After nearly 30,000 miles and 23 stops in 15 countries including Greece, Egypt, Malaysia and Australia,  the second-year Massachusetts Institute of Technology student touched down at Gillespie Field on July 14. He was greeted by his mother and a cheering crowd of about 40 people. He says his journey is about inspiring people to do similarly ambitious things.

Matt Guthmiller joined Dakota Midday and discussed his record-setting flight.