Matt Guthmiller got up one day and just decided he wanted to fly. "One day he thought he was going to go fly, so we said 'okay,' you can do a lesson. He was 16 at the time," his mother Shirley Guthmiller said.
Well now Guthmiller is 19, and he has decided he is going to set a world record, and be the youngest ever to fly around the world. Flying around the world is a big feat, but he plans to help others along the way.
"Well I read about another guy that was doing it, and thought I could do it too. I found a plane and found a really cool non-profit to support," Matt said. The organization is code.org.
"What they do is work to put computer science programs in K through 12 schools. I think that is really cool. Basically the biggest thing I want to accomplish with this is to aspire other people to go out and do big things. I think, in general, computer science is a good tool to go out and achieve those things, so I think what they are doing is pretty cool," Matt said.
He has already inspired some. His cousin, Alicia Davis, who just finished 1st grade, already wants to pass Matthew in the record books. "I think it's a personal accomplishment, but I want to break it," Davis said.
Several people from Aberdeen came to watch as Guthmiller took off this morning. His 1st grade teacher, Peggy Abeln is very excited for Matthew. "It's history in the making, and I don't usually get this close to history. I just hope he can make it. It's a personal goal, and it's exciting to see someone have that kind of determination," Abeln said.
His determination will take him 29,000 miles. He will stop in roughly 14 different countries, and for all you worriers out there, he is certain he will have enough fuel.
"I can go about 18 hours. The longest legs should be about 14 and a half hours," Matt said. You can follow Matt's flight at http://www.limitless-horizons.org/. His blog can also be found on this page. He will be updating it throughout his flight.