AGCO is proud to support Jack’s world record-breaking mission to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world and break the current Guinness Book of World Records™ title in May 2013 in a project called SOLO 20/13.
A Fresno, California native, Wiegand, 20, plans on breaking the current record held by Carlo Schmidt of Switzerland who was 22 years old when he took the title.
Wiegand will depart on this historical voyage in early May from Fresno and head east making 24 stops, flying approximately 21,000 nautical miles, crossing three oceans and visiting 14 different countries. Wiegand will circumnavigate the world in a high-performance Mooney Ovation2 GX for the trip that is expected to take no more than 50 days.
The title of the mission, SOLO 20/13, holds personal significance to Wiegand as it highlights some key elements of his journey, in that he began flying at the age of 13, he will take off on his SOLO flight in the year 2013, and will be 20 years-old when he attempts to break the Guinness Book of World Records™ title.
“I think finishing the trip will just be an amazing feeling, having accomplished something that big,” said Jack Wiegand. With the success of the SOLO 20/13 mission, Jack will realize his long awaited dream of flying around the world and have the opportunity to inspire others to dream big and to never stop exploring.
This expedition will not only be one of historic achievement but will also be utilized as a platform to raise awareness and support for worthy charitable causes. These organizations include Big Brothers Big Sisters, invested in building relationships with children facing adversity, and the Ag Warriors project of the International Agri- Center, benefitting returning veterans by preparing them for careers in the agriculture industry.
For more information on SOLO 20/13 please visit www.SOLO2013.com.