GREENVILLE - An Australian teenager is in the middle of a solo flight around the world.
And he's bringing his world record attempt to AirVenture.
19-year-old Ryan Campbell is trying to become the youngest pilot to ever circle the globe alone and hoping to inspire other teens to take flight in the process.
"I live and breathe flying," he said.
Campbell has his sights set on big things.
"I've always wanted to fly around the world."
A dream he's held since he was, well, a young boy.
"It's like I said the most wild out there thing I could think of."
But he wasn't convinced it could happen until he left Australia last month.
"To be able to turn it into a reality and show that my wildest dream can come true."
Ryan hopes to share that passion for flying with young people here at AirVenture in Oshkosh next week. It's a mission the EAA has been doing for the last 20 years with it's Young Eagles program.
"Anything we can do to get kids interested, if this peaks some kids' interest in aviation, that's wonderful because it's going to give them an idea about what they might be able to do," said EAA Young Eagles Program Manager Brian O'Lena.
Campbell says he planned his world record attempt around AirVenture.
"I worked backwards and I worked the route all the way back to my home town to get my departure date, so the heart of this is in Oshkosh."
And his heart is set on sharing his passion with other young people and learning lessons to take back down under.
"To come over here and talk to people and to take back a little of that example I suppose to show to Australia, what should we do what can we do to get more young people involved in flying."
An example he's taking 24,000 miles to put his name where no younger person has gone before. While hoping his mark extends beyond just a name in a record book.
"It just shows other people what you can do."
Campbell's journey continues after AirVenture as he heads to Maine and then across the Atlantic to Europe. He will complete his 10-week journey back in Australia on September 7.
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