Jack Wiegand Completes His Mission to Be the Youngest Pilot to Fly Solo Around the World

Jun 29, 2013, 21:57 ET from SOLO 20/13

FRESNO, Calif., June 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, June 29, Jack Wiegand completed his mission to break the current Guinness World Records™ title and became the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130629/SF40841 )

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

New York NY, USA

May 3, 2013

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

Bangkok, Thailand

May 23, 2013

May 24, 2013

Manila, Philippines

May 25, 2013

Kobe, Japan

May 28, 2013

Sapporo, Japan

Kushiro, Japan

June 4, 2013

June 21, 2013

Dutch Harbor, USA

June 25, 2013

Anchorage AK, USA

Ketchikan AK, USA

June 26, 2013

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™ 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.

Sonia Sanchez, JP Marketing 
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