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Book review: Ryan Campbell was born to fly

written by Owen Zupp | August 4, 2014

born-to-flyThere is no denying that Ryan Campbell is a remarkable young man. However, after reading his book Born to Fly, one must wonder which is his most outstanding achievement – being the youngest person to fly solo around the world or writing an exceptional 300 page book.

In Born to Fly Ryan takes the reader on not merely a flight, but on an adventure. From the spark of inspiration as a youngster, through the trials and tribulations of planning such a mammoth undertaking and finally seeing the planet through the eyes of a young adventurer. Alone in his single-engined aeroplane he conquered the globe.

Written in a relaxed, entertaining style, it is an honest account that balances Ryan’s determination with the genuine reservations that surfaced throughout his journey. From a dark transit of the Pacific Ocean to the amazing white crispness of icebergs between Greenland and Iceland, there are flights across ancient lands and exciting rides on a Vespa on the French Riviera. And all of this was achieved by someone who was too young to hire a car in many of the countries that he visited.


This is a tale that will appeal to a broad audience, whether it is a passion for aviation or a sheer sense of adventure, there is something for every reader. Born to Fly is a wonderful book that will inspire youngsters to chase their dreams and leave those of us a little older with a slight tinge of envy.

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