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MIT student arrives in isles on flight around the world

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:58 p.m. HST, Jul 12, 2014

Matt Guthmiller, a 19-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology student, arrived in Honolulu Saturday on his quest to become the youngest person to fly solo around the globe.

The South Dakota teenager was supposed to reach Hawaii a few days ago but was delayed at Pago Pago, American Samoa, due to bad weather. He arrived in Hilo early Saturday morning and flew to Oahu in the afternoon.

Guthmiller, who is raising money for Code.org, a nonprofit that promotes computer education, is flying a 1981 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza on a 29,000-mile journey across five continents.

He began his journey in El Cajon, Calif., May 31, and is expected to take off for El Cajon Sunday or Monday.

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cojef wrote:
Can think other ways to spend all that money. Of course, to each his own.
on July 13,2014 | 09:38AM
AlohaPaula wrote:
The dreams and aspirations of youth should be encouraged; they are the future, and they will take our world into directions we cannot imagine!
on July 13,2014 | 10:31AM
entrkn wrote:
The fake Amelia Earhart came through Hawaii a few days ago in her pressurized cabin turbo prop Pilatus with a co-pilot, which is literally like flying a small business jet, and got a lot of fan fair. Now this 19 year old boy flys a Beech Bonanza around the world by himself, which is truly authentic, adventurous and heroic and he isn't much notice at all. Seems like SA is missing the boat again...
on July 13,2014 | 12:03PM
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