TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Travis Ludlow is trying to become the youngest pilot to fly around the world.
The 18-year-old took off from the Netherlands on May 29 and made a pit stop in Tampa this weekend,
Ludlow has already covered over 16,000 miles and if he succeeds he will reach this record in about two weeks.
“I’m glad I have this passion for it and love to fly,” Ludlow said.
The young British pilot plans to cover more than 25,000 miles, visiting 16 countries and four continents.
He would eventually return to the Netherlands and become the youngest pilot to fly around the world in a single-engine aircraft.
Ludlow says he has always had a passion for flying. He began this journey just days after graduating from high school.
“As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in flying,” Ludlow said.
Ludlow says he faced challenges. The pandemic delayed the trip and altered the itinerary, but it persisted.
“So many times I thought it wouldn’t happen and now it’s here,” Ludlow said.
Ludlow says that ultimately he wants to inspire young people.
“I want to show young people that anyone can, no matter what, as long as you believe in yourself, you can follow your dreams,” Ludlow said.
Ludlow says the current age record is 18 years and 163 days. He hopes to break the 18-day record.
Ludlow became the youngest glider pilot, flying solo on February 13, 2016, his 14th birthday. He then passed his private pilot license five months before being allowed to wear one.
He became the youngest British certified pilot and this allowed him to travel to the United States to continue his training with AeroGuard Flight Training Center.
Ludlow has partnered with Unicef to promote the great work they do for children and others around the world.