12-Year-Old Lands in Scotland
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) _ Twelve-year-old Vicki Van Meter completed her trans-Atlantic flight Tuesday, touching down in Scotland right on schedule.
Flying a plane she calls ″Harmony,″ the sixth-grader from Meadville, Pa. - accompanied by her flight instructor - believes she is the youngest girl to pilot a plane to Europe.
Her flight path is similar to Amelia Earhart’s 1932 solo flight across the Atlantic.
Jim Van Meter said his daughter had been at the controls of the single- engine Cessna 210 for the entire flight. Instructor Curt Arnspiger, who is also on the plane, videotaped the landings.
The flight began Sunday in Augusta, Maine, and included stops in Newfoundland, Greenland and Iceland.
Last fall, Vicki flew from Maine to San Diego.
The Guinness Book of World Records and the National Aeronautics Association haven’t recognized ″youngest pilot″ claims since the 1980s because a pilot must be 16 to get a license.