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Teen pilot leaves Hawaii for last leg of around-the-world solo flight

LAST UPDATED: 02:22 p.m. HST, Jul 14, 2014

Matt Guthmiller, a 19-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology student, is expected to complete his record-breaking around-the-world flight on Monday night after taking off from Hawaii.

The South Dakota teenager, who is on a quest to become the youngest person to fly solo around the globe, is expected to land in California at 8:45 p.m. on Monday.

Guthmiller flew from Honolulu to Kona on Sunday and then left Hawaii island on Monday morning in his 1981 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, heading for El Cajon, Calif., where his 29,000-mile journey began on May 31.

Guthmiller arrived in Hawaii early Saturday morning when he landed in Hilo following a 16 1/2-hour flight from Pago Pago, American Samoa. He then flew on to Honolulu on Saturday afternoon.

He is raising money for code.org, a nonprofit organization that promotes computer education.

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scuddrunner wrote:
Now that single engine flying, good for him!
on July 14,2014 | 03:50PM
whs1966 wrote:
Who cares about some kid who was most likely born into a wealthy family flying around the world?
on July 14,2014 | 08:12PM
SueH wrote:
The same people that must've cared about Amelia Earheart.
on July 14,2014 | 08:52PM
SueH wrote:
Why did he fly from Hilo to Honolulu, only to return to Kona before departing for California??? Sounds like a lot of back-tracking to me. I guess he's not paying for the gas!
on July 14,2014 | 08:50PM
Ronin006 wrote:
What's the big deal? Former President George H Bush became a naval aviator at age 18 and at flew fighter aircraft all over the Pacific in WW II while only 19 years old. No one called him a "teen," because he was a man.
on July 14,2014 | 10:44PM
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