How a teenager and a shark plan to open avenues for girls

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How a teenager and a shark plan to open avenues for girls

A 19-year-old has her sights set on becoming the youngest woman to fly solo around the world — in a microlight

Mindy Burrows

A 19-year-old is paving the way for girls in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by attempting to set the record for the youngest woman to fly solo around the world.

Belgian-British Zara Rutherford sets off on her 51,000km journey in her bespoke Shark ultralight plane, the world’s fastest microlight, on August 11.

Once her journey is complete, Rutherford will be the youngest person to fly a microlight around the world and the youngest woman to fly solo around the world. The current world record for the latter is held by the US’s Shaesta Waiz, who completed the journey aged 30...

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