Jack Wiegand completed his mission to break the current Guinness World Records(TM) title and became the youngest person to fly solo around the world.A Fresno, Calif. native, Wiegand, aged 21 years 7 days, broke the current record held by James Anthony Tan of Malaysia who was aged 21 years 344 days when he took the title in May 2013.
Wiegand departed on this historical voyage from the Fresno Yosemite International (FAT) Airport and headed east making 22 stops, flying approximately 21,000 nautical miles, crossing three oceans and visiting 12 different counties.
Amidst the excitement and nerves to begin the record-breaking journey, Wiegand forgot one of his most important documents — his passport. A fact, he only realized once when he arrived at his first international destination in Iqaluit, Canada, a remote town northeast of Hudson Bay. After searching his plane, the passport was discovered in the copy machine in his parent’s home where Wiegand had made photocopies of his visas, identification and passport. The passport was sent via UPS and Wiegand was able to continue on his international route.
Wiegand’s world record-breaking mission included stops in:
Fresno CA, USA –
Boulder CO, USA May 2, 2013
St. Louis, MO, USA May 3, 2013
New York NY, USA May 4, 2013
Iqaluit Baffin Region, Canada May 6, 2013
Reykjavik, Iceland May 10, 2013
London, England May 11, 2013
Rome, Italy May 13, 2013
Crete, Greece May 14, 2013
Cairo, Egypt May 16, 2013
Dubai, UAE May 18, 2013
Mumbai, India May 19, 2013
Kolkata, India May 23, 2013
Bangkok, Thailand May 24, 2013
Manila, Philippines May 25, 2013
Kobe, Japan May 28, 2013
Sapporo, Japan June 4, 2013
Kushiro, Japan June 21, 2013
Dutch Harbor, USA June 25, 2013
Anchorage AK, USA June 26, 2013
Ketchikan AK, USA June 27, 2013
Seattle WA, USA June 28, 2013
Fresno CA, USA June 29, 2013
Weather delays kept Wiegand from flying from Japan across the Pacific Ocean to Alaska for more than three weeks. After receiving clearance for takeoff, Wiegand was able to ride a 70-knot tailwind and reached up to 280 mph during the almost 12-hour flight across the International Dateline. By the end of the mission, Wiegand circumnavigated the world in 58 days in a high-performance Mooney Ovation2 GX.
The title of the mission, SOLO 20/13, holds personal significance to Wiegand as it highlights some key elements of his journey as a pilot: he began flying at the age of 13, he took off on his SOLO flight in the year 2013, and was 20 years old when departed from Fresno for his mission to break the Guinness World Records(TM) title.
The SOLO 20/13 mission raised awareness and support for two charitable causes. These organizations are Big Brothers Big Sisters, invested in building relationships with children facing adversity, and the Ag Warriors project of the International Agri-Center, preparing returning veterans for careers in the agriculture industry.
For more information on SOLO 20/13, please visit www.SOLO2013.com.