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Tech student completes worldwide flight
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Leader photos by CALEB DANIEL - Pictured above is Mason Andrews as he taxis in Saturday to stop in front of a hangar as onlookers celebrate his final touchdown on his record-breaking worldwide journey. Andrews, a Louisiana Tech student from Monroe, became the youngest person ever to fly solo around the world. Pictured below is Andrews popping the cork on a bottle of celebratory champagne following his journey’s end.

Though everything from mechanical issues to typhoons sought to defeat him, Mason Andrews has at long last completed his record-breaking solo flight around the world.

As much of the Ruston community knows by now, Andrews, an 18-year-old sophomore in Louisiana Tech University’s professional aviation program, departed on July 22 in an attempt to become the youngest pilot to ever circumnavigate the earth solo. Despite taking about a month longer than originally projected, his journey successfully concluded Saturday morning at the Pilots for Patients hangar at Monroe Regional Airport.

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