Queensland teenage pilot Lachlan Smart has become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo in a single-engine aircraft.
He landed his Cirrus SR22 at Sunshine Coast Airport at Marcoola just before 8:00am,
on the 27th of August 2016.
To the cheers of friends, family, and a swarm of supporters, he completed the last leg of his journey by taxiing through an arch of water from local fire trucks.
Lachie emerged from the cabin of his plane
and punched the air in jubilation. In completing a 45,000-kilometre trip that took almost two months to complete, he has set a new world record.
At 18 years, seven months and 21 days old, Smart is now the youngest person ever to complete the journey,
which was two-and-a-half years in the planning. The previous record holder, American Matt Guthmiller, finished the trip aged 19 years, seven months and 15 days.
Lachie commented that the weather and dealing with overseas air traffic control were
two major challenges. "In the Pacific I had some pretty horrendous weather," he said.
Smart actually returned to Australian soil on Thursday when he landed in Bundaberg, leaving a short flight today to complete the journey.
"I was joined
in the sky for a little bit by my old chief flying instructor who taught me how to fly and really started my aviation career off, so it was very special to come back with him," he said.