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South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

Nineteen-year-old Matt Guthmiller completed the more than 29,000-mile journey in a single-engine airplane Monday night when he touched down at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California.

Guthmiller's flight began May 31. His final, 16-hour leg took him from Honolulu, Hawaii, over the Pacific Ocean to El Cajon.

The Aberdeen, South Dakota, native was greeted by reporters and his mother in El Cajon. He says "it's great to be back."

The previous record was set by Australian Ryan Campbell who was 19 years, seven months and 25 days old when he completed the circumnavigation last year. Guthmiller will be that age on July 24.

Guinness World Records didn't immediately respond to a message early Tuesday.

Teen Pilot Sets Record With Around the World Flight

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pbpied July 15 2014 at 2:29 PM

Seriously nice aircraft.
The cost to do this in fuel alone would make it an impossible challenge for most people.
Good job, Kid! Glad you made it safely.

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RXTOXICWASTE July 15 2014 at 11:01 AM

Outstanding accomplishment

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elkhartbiker July 15 2014 at 11:06 AM

What a feat! This kid deserves all the kudos he will receive.

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LewTag July 15 2014 at 10:34 AM

Nice job....but what ever happened to that woman named Amelia who is trying to refly the route taken by Amelia Earhart....has she disappeared??.....

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elkhartbiker LewTag July 15 2014 at 11:06 AM

No, I saw a couple of days ago where she successfully completed Earhart's around the world flight.

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coopdabomb LewTag July 15 2014 at 1:17 PM

She didn't fly alone she had another pilot with. Thats why this kid gets the record.

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daxcess2 July 15 2014 at 2:23 PM

A 19 year old flew around the world solo? I am 3+ times his age and my longest drive is about 500 miles and I hated it.

Good for him.

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coopdabomb July 15 2014 at 1:18 PM

Nice work

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mk4co July 15 2014 at 1:49 PM

Uhhhhh, the Captain's bars are a little much aren't they?

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Robert C Miller July 15 2014 at 2:49 PM

wow impressed me how many free airplanes will this kid get from the maker of the plane that he flew on this trip?? ha..........

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tradermike24 July 15 2014 at 3:16 PM

Very cool!!!!

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SSSSSSSSSSSSSST July 16 2014 at 3:17 AM

I did this when I was 12 during my seven grade summer vacation but their were no record books looking in!

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