Today in Transportation History – 2016: The First Asian Woman to Fly Solo Around the World

Airline transport pilot and certified flight instructor Wang Zheng (also known as Julie Wang) became the first Asian woman to circumnavigate the Earth in an airplane, and the first Chinese person to fly solo around the world, when she returned to the Texas town of Addison in the Dallas area 33 days after starting her global journey there. Wang, who was born in the Chinese city of Chongqing in 1972, did not even begin flying a plane until 2011.

Wang made her historic round-the-world flight in a Cirrus SR22 single-engine propeller plane. During the course of her westbound journey of nearly 24,000 miles, she made stops in California, Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Guam, the Philippines, China, Thailand, India, the United Arab Emirates, Greece, Malta, Portugal, the Azores, and Newfoundland. Wang’s total flight time was 155 hours. Only eight other women – three Americans, three British, one French, and one Australian – have likewise flown solo around the globe.

For more information about Wang Zheng and her record-setting flight, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Zheng_(pilot) and http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/south-florida-parenting/fl-flight-around-world-completed-20160922-story.html

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