Fresno's Jack Wiegand, 20, aims to set world record flight

April 16, 2013 12:34:30 AM PDT
Jack Wiegand is not your typical 20-year-old. It's safe to say the Bullard High grad has loftier goals than most people his age.

"Starting May first I'm going to attempt to be the youngest person to solo an airplane around the world," Wiegand said.

In a little more than two weeks Jack is hoping to soar his way into the Guinness Book of World Records.

"If I'm back before my 21st birthday on June 22nd, I will have the record when I'm 20 years old."

With 600 flight hours already under his belt, Jack is a veteran in the cockpit. His desire to become a pilot took off when his parents bought him a glider plane on his 13th birthday.

"I always joke with them that it was the worst financial decision they ever made in their life," Wiegand jokes.

Jack says his parents are supportive of his record breaking mission. Even if it means he'll spend 40-to-50 days flying around the world by himself.

"I think my biggest worry is something mechanically happening to the plane, especially over large bodies of water."

Jack expects to make 24 stops in his single engine plane after he heads East from Fresno Yosemite International May first.

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Follow Jack's adventure at Solo2013.com


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