By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on August 27, 2021
Zara Rutherford bids to be youngest woman to circle the planet solo
Update: Some additional details about Zara Rutherford’s flight courtesy of Lyndse Costabile, a Raleigh resident and principal consultant to FunD Av Consulting, who will be flying a Grumman Cheeta to the Wright Brothers airstrip early Sunday to be on hand when Zara arrives here. She is tentatively scheduled to land shortly after 10 a.m.
Zara is expected to remain on the ground in Dare County for a brief period of time, mingling with a “mini-welcoming committee” before getting airborne again and heading to Jacksonville FL. Among those greeting her in Jacksonville, will be Shaesta Waiz, who currently has the distinction of being the youngest woman to fly solo around the world, accomplishing the feat at age 30 in 2017. If successful, Zara will break her record before she turns 20.
If everything stays on schedule, on Sunday, Aug. 29, 19-year-old Zara Rutherford will land her Shark Ultralight plane (optimum cruising speed of 140 knots) on the small airfield at the Wright Brothers Memorial on her journey to become the youngest woman to fly solo around the world.