Teen Attempting to be the Youngest Woman to Fly Solo Around the World Lands in Anchorage

Zara Rutherford landed in Anchorage on Wednesday during a brief stop on her quest to be the youngest woman to fly solo around the world.

A crowd gathered and welcomed Rutherford as she taxied her Shark ultralight aircraft to the University of Alaska Anchorage hangar at the Merrill Field Airport. Stuffed animals — including a moose from Juneau wearing aviator goggles — sat copilot.

“Right now, I’m just focusing on the flying,” she said. “It’s one leg at a time. I never look at the bigger picture just because it kinda freaks me out.”

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