CALIFORNIA — Most 19-year-old college students are getting ready for summer vacation.
But MIT undergraduate Matt Guthmiller will be attempting to fly a plane around the world, all by himself.
On Wednesday, Guthmiller will will hop aboard a 1981 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza in hopes of becoming the youngest person to fly solo around the world.
He says he was inspired by 21-year-old Jack Wiegand, who completed the trip last Spring.
Wiegand currently holds the Guinness World Record.
Guthmiller says his passion for flying started at a young age.
“I always played flight simulator games growing up,” Guthmiller said. “And I always wanted to go eat out at the airport cafe and watch planes take off and land.”
The trip is expected to take about 40 days, or 160 hours of flying time.
Guthmiller plans to make about 20 stops on five continents and update his status on social media along the way.
Although the young pilot has his eyes on earning a spot in the history books, Guthmiller says he hopes the trip will inspire other young people to follow their dreams.