Around the world in 70 days

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NEXT TO THE PLANE that will take him around the world is Ryan Campbell, 19, who stopped in Fredericks-burg during his 10-week cir-cumnavigation attempt. If he completes the feat, he will be the youngest person and first teenager to complete the flight. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin Eck

Twenty-four thousand miles is about 10 round-trip flights from Fredericksburg to the Canadian border or 10 flights from New York City to Los Angeles.

For Ryan Campbell, 24,000 miles is how many miles he will have to fly his white, single-propeller plane from Wollongong, Australia around the globe back to Wollongong, Australia.

The 19-year-old Australian is attempting to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world and the first teenager to complete the flight.

He is in the middle of a journey that will take him through 14 countries on five continents, and after a short detour to Junction, Texas because of weather; he had a brief stay in Fredericksburg.

Flying had always been a dream of Campbell’s, but when he learned that there were legitimate opportunities to fly as a teenager, the dream became a reality.

“I read in a newspaper about a kid who flew solo on his 15th birthday. Because of that, I got a job and started flying lessons,” Campbell said.

He made it his goal to fly on his 15th birthday solo.

“I was lucky with the weather and everything. I worked hard to pay for my lessons, and I was able to do that (fly solo at 15 years old),” he said.

Because he had his solo flight on the first day possible, he felt urged to complete his future aviation goals as soon as possible, Campbell said.

That drive led him to obtain his private and commercial pilot’s licenses at a young age.

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