Teen On Record-Breaking Flight Around World Stops In Palo Alto

PALO ALTO, CA — Zara Rutherford, a 19-year-old pilot aiming to become the youngest woman to fly around the world solo in a single-engine aircraft, made a one-day stop in Palo Alto on Wednesday.

Rutherford, whose arrival in the Bay Area was delayed a day because of wildfire smoke, touched down at Palo Alto Airport around noon and was greeted by Palo Alto Mayor Tom DuBois and other officials.

In an interview with Patch while on her way to visit Stanford University, Rutherford said that she wants her journey to inspire girls to pursue careers in aviation and STEM.

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