Matt Guthmiller

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Matt Guthmiller
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Matt Guthmiller
Born (1994-11-29) November 29, 1994 (age 24)[1]
EducationMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Known forOne-time youngest pilot to circumnavigate by aircraft, solo (19 years, 7 months, 15 days)[1]
Aviation career
Full nameMatthew Lee Guthmiller
First flightJuly 25, 2011
1975 Cessna 150M
Famous flightsGlobal Circumnavigation Flight May 31 – July 14, 2014
Flight licenseNovember 29, 2011

Matthew Lee Guthmiller (born November 29, 1994) is an American aviator, YouTuber,[2] entrepreneur, professional speaker, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumnus.[3][4] At age 19, Matt became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe by air, which he set in a bid to encourage others to pursue ambitious dreams and promote computer science education worldwide.[5] Since then, the record has been succeeded by Australian pilot Lachlan Smart.[6] Guthmiller also founded an early iPhone unlocking company, AnySIMiPhones, in 2007 at age 12.[7] He is currently a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying electrical engineering and computer science. His latest project is rumored to deal with quantitative finance.[8]


Born and raised in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Guthmiller took an interest in aviation from a young age.[9] Growing up he gradually drifted more toward math and science, in particular computer science, which led him to pursue several business ventures.

He started his first company, AnySIMiPhones, at age 12, selling software to unlock the newly released iPhone, which at the time was only available in the U.S. and only on AT&T, so that it could be used with any (GSM) cell carrier worldwide. After being in business for only a few weeks, Guthmiller sold his company to a similar company, FreeIt4Less, and joined their team. Together they unlocked around 20,000 iPhones in dozens of countries.[7]

As the unlocking market dried up after Apple announced the iPhone 3G and its availability in multiple markets in 2008, Guthmiller moved on to pursue his interest in finance. Guthmiller pursued several projects aimed at analyzing financial market data with supercomputers in order to uncover ways to predict the likelihood of future price movements.[7] A tweet he posted in July 2015 seems to indicate his latest company aims to bring that kind of work to everyday investors.[8]

Solo flight around the world[edit]

After getting bored one weekend in the summer of 2011, Guthmiller realized he could obtain his pilot certificate in a few months when he turned 17. Having wanted to fly his entire life, he convinced his parents to allow him to do a "$20, 20-minute intro flight" at a local flight school.[10] He was instantly hooked. Soloing just a couple weeks later, he earned his private pilot certificate on his 17th birthday before going on to pursue an instrument rating, glider rating, his commercial pilot certificate, and a seaplane rating.[11]

After reading a May 3, 2013, article about 20-year-old Californian Jack Wiegand, who was about to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world, Guthmiller decided he wanted to attempt the same record. After a year of planning, Guthmiller left Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California (San Diego) on May 31, 2014,[12] and 44 days, 12 hours later landed back at Gillespie on July 14, 2014 to become the youngest person to ever circumnavigate the globe by aircraft at 19 years, 7 months, and 15 days old.[1] Spending 180 hours in a small, single-engine 1981 Beechcraft Bonanza, N367HP, he made 23 stops in 15 countries on 5 continents. The longest flight was 16.5 hours from Pago Pago, American Samoa to Hilo, Hawaii. In order to carry enough fuel for such long legs, Guthmiller had the rear four seats removed and extra fuel tanks installed and took off as much as 25% over the aircraft's maximum certificated takeoff weight (authorized by an FAA ferry permit).[13] Guthmiller and the plane have since been featured at EAA Airventure Oshkosh[14] and the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center,[15] and he shares his story with audiences around the country in various speaking engagements.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Youngest person to circumnavigate by aircraft, solo". Guinness World Records. Archived from the original on 5 November 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
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  4. ^ a b "Meet the Youngest Pilot to Fly Around the World Solo". Huffington Post Canada. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  5. ^ "MIT student finishes record flight around the world". Boston Globe. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Youngest person to circumnavigate by aircraft, solo". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  7. ^ a b c "Limitless future awaits brilliant senior at Central High School". Aberdeen American News. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  8. ^ a b Matt Guthmiller [@mattguthmiller] (13 July 2015). "Last year I flew around the world extolling computer science as a way to do big things. This time I'll be more direct" (Tweet). Retrieved 20 November 2015 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Callison: Aberdeen pilot, 19, flying around Earth". Argus Leader. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  10. ^ "MIT Student To Become Youngest Person To Fly Around World Solo". Radio Boston. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  11. ^ "About". Limitless Horizons.
  12. ^ "Teen attempts record-setting solo flight around the world". CNN. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Teen sets record as youngest pilot to circle the globe". CBS This Morning (Interview). 9 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Presentation Schedule". Airventure Today.
  15. ^ Matt Guthmiller [@mattguthmiller] (16 June 2015). "Come check out the Bonanza I flew around the world at the @AirAndSpace Udvar-Hazy Center this Saturday 10am-3pm!" (Tweet). Retrieved 20 November 2015 – via Twitter.

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