Teen Pilot Midway Through Global Flight

Aug 09, 2013 No Comments by

An Australian teenager hoping to earn a place in the aviation record books stopped in Labrador, Canada, Thursday, midway through his mission to fly solo around the world. Ryan Campbell, 19, set out from Australia on June 30, just a day after 21-year-old Californian Jack Wiegand became the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

“It’s a crazy, out-there dream that I didn’t think was achievable and for a whole number of reasons,” Campbell told CBC News on the airstrip at Happy Valley-Goose Bay, where he stopped for a layover. The stop was not a complete rest from flying. As soon as he landed, he boarded another plane for a low-flying tour over Labrador’s vast wilderness.

“I live and breathe aviation,” he said. “I could spend all day in an airplane if I could [so] the experience to go fly in a float plane in Canada was fantastic and was something that, for an Aussie, was a very out-there thing to do.”

For video and the complete story by CBC News, click here.

Photo by Ryan Campbell

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