By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on August 11, 2022
Visit comes a year after sister Zara made the same stop
Update: According to the latest information, the timetable for Mack Rutherford’s landing at the Wright Bros. airstrip has been moved back by a few hours, to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. To track his flight in real time, log on to My Journey – MackSolo.
About one year ago, 19-year-old Belgium-native Zara Rutherford touched down at the Wright Memorial airstrip on her successful journey to become the youngest woman to fly solo around the world.
This weekend, her younger brother, 17-year-old Mack Rutherford, is scheduled to make the same stop at the birthplace of flight on his quest to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world. As of the latest information on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 11, Rutherford is slated to touch down in Kill Devil Hills on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. (The Voice will continue to update the schedule as necessary.)
Mack Rutherford started his journey on March 23, leaving from Sofia, Bulgaria, flying an ultralight Shark with a cruising speed up of 300 kilometers per hour (186 mph).
A posting on the MackSolo website MackSolo – The Youngest Person To Fly Around The World Solo, where you can track his journey, details his amazing aviation family tree.
“I was born in a family of aviators. My dad Sam is a professional ferry pilot, my mum Beatrice is a recreational private pilot. My sister Zara is a private pilot too and on 20 January 2022 she completed her own circumnavigation of the globe, becoming the youngest woman in history who has done so and the youngest person who circumnavigated the world in a microlight.
“My grandfather and great-grandfather on my mother’s side where private pilots and my great-great-grandmother on my father’s side was amongst the first South-African women to learn to fly. My great-grand uncle flew a Catalina during the last World War and died as a war hero.”