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Aberdeen pilot still on pace to break world record

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Matthew Guthmiller is getting to learn a lot about other cultures on his trip around the globe. The 19-year-old wants to be the youngest ever to fly around the world in a solo engine plane. If he lands in San Diego before July 20, he will have broken the record. Right now he is on pace to land on July 10.

He has had some ups and downs along the way. Some involving police, others involving issues with the plane.  "He called me and he said 'Mom, I almost got arrested today,"Matthew's mother, Shirley Gengerke said. Matthew was in Cairo, Egypt at the time, and he was taking a lot of photos of an open air market, and the vendors did not like this. Police took him aside, and gave him a warning.

Another time Matthew could have had some serious issues with his plane, but luckily he is very observant. "Matthew had already checked out of his hotel, and he was already at the airport getting ready to take off. A guy was putting fuel in the plane, and Matthew looked and the guy had put in diesel by mistake," Shirley said.

This of course delayed Matthew a bit because the tank had to be cleaned out entirely, so the correct fuel could be put in. 

Despite some hiccups along the way Matthew has had some very good experiences as well. When he showed up in the Philippines there was a band playing for him and several people screaming to take photos with him. He then found out that dignitaries of the Philippines were covering all his expenses while he was there, including fueling up his plane.

When Matthew lands in San Diego he will then fly out to New York to be on the Today Show. After that he will be flying back to San Diego, and then will make his way to Aberdeen. A reception date for Matthew had not been decided yet.

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