Lachlan Smart lands back on home soil at Sunshine Coast Airport setting a new world record.
Lachlan Smart lands back on home soil at Sunshine Coast Airport setting a new world record. John McCutcheon

SOAPBOX: Young pilot inspires us to follow a dream

HE did it.

Lachlan Smart is back on home soil after a 45,000km journey that took him around the world.

And the Sunshine Coast couldn't be more proud.

He was welcomed home to much fanfare yesterday morning at Sunshine Coast Airport - eight weeks since he began his world-record attempt.

Lachlan has been dubbed the Jessica Watson of the skies but he is a hero in his own right.

The ambitious Nambour teenager is now proudly and officially the youngest person in history to circumnavigate the globe solo in a single-engine aircraft.

Making 24 stops in 15 countries on five continents is an amazing feat for anyone - let alone someone so young.

It's even more remarkable once you know Lachlan started his Wings Around the World dream just two-and-a-half years ago and had his first flying lesson at 14 years old.

He broke records early into his journey by becoming the youngest person to fly solo over the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Now he holds a Guinness World Record.

Not only did he invoke tremendous national pride after his epic journey, Lachlan has proven a great role model for young people all over the world.

At just 18, he has demonstrated incredible dignity, professionalism and humility in the face of being in the national and international media spotlight.

Lachie, you have inspired us all but especially those who dare to dream.


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