Fresno man hopes to fly around world in 36 days

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — On May 1, a 20-year-old pilot will take off from a Fresno airfield in a single-engine airplane. His destination: the record books.

The Fresno Bee reports Jack Wiegand will attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest person ever to fly solo around the world.

Wiegand, who has logged about 600 hours as a pilot, is scheduled to return to Fresno 36 days later, on June 6. His 23 stops will include Italy, Egypt, India and Bangladesh.

The young pilot, who has been flying since he was 16, will be at the controls of a Mooney Ovation2 GX plane. He expects to average about 800 miles a day.

Wiegand will attempt to break the unofficial record set last year by a 22-year-old Swiss man.

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