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Born to Fly : The inspiring story of an Australian teenager's record-breaking flight around the world - Ryan Campbell

Born to Fly

The inspiring story of an Australian teenager's record-breaking flight around the world

By: Ryan Campbell, Jessica Watson (Foreword by)


Published: 21st July 2014
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'The most extraordinary aviation adventure of the decade. A great story in the spirit of Charles Kingsford-Smith and Bert Hinkler. - Dick Smith

'It's funny what you remember, which moments stick in your mind when the everyday disappears. I will never forget my first flight, the feeling of being pushed back in the seat, the rumbling that suddenly turned into silence. It fascinated me then, it does now. I looked across Sydney, absolutely blown away by its size. I had no idea cities even got that big! Later, my brothers and I followed the stewardess to the front of the plane and stepped into the cockpit. I stood wide-eyed, mouth open. This was where magic happened. From that day on I knew: I would grow up to become a jumbo jet pilot.'

When Ryan Campbell was six he fell in love with aeroplanes. It was a passion that was to dominate his childhood and it was no surprise when at 15 Ryan became the youngest pilot in Australia. Inspired by his father and grandfather who were also aviators, Ryan sought a challenge and, like adventurers before him, he found one that spoke to him more than the rest. He wanted to fly around the world, solo, in a single-engine aircraft.

In Born to Fly, Ryan recounts his remarkable journey from a boy with a dream to becoming, at age 19, the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the world solo in a single-engine aircraft, and shares with us the joy of flight.

Showing maturity, determination and courage beyond his years, Ryan fundraised $250,000 from scratch  and drew on the advice of renowned aviators such as Jim Hazelton ('a man who has more hours adjusting his seat in a plane than I do total flying time') and Dick Smith before setting out on his thrilling 70-day odyssey. In Born to Fly, Ryan captures all the dry-mouthed excitement of flying alone above the earth with only one engine and recounts his adventures from staying calm with iced over wings, landing in a country where you are not welcome and  dealing with international media when still a teenager.

Ryan landed 31 times in 15 countries and covered more than 24,000 nautical miles, while trying to avoid that 'alternative aerodrome', the ocean.

Born to Fly is a fascinating view of the world from above, shown to us by a dryly funny and highly charismatic man who has already done more in his short life than most of us do in a lifetime.

About the Author

Ryan works as a commercial pilot for Aeromil Pacific, an Australian-owned aviation company. He lives in Sydney.


Couldn't put it diwn


This book shows what one happen when you decide that you will do something, not just think about it. Ryan had a goal, committed to it, and made it happen. An amazing achievement, well structured and shared.



Very insprational


I found this book to be very inspirational. What an amazing feat for a teenager to accomplish flying around the world in a 'toy plane with a whipper snipper engine!'. Now I want to visit these places even more.



A Great Trip


Not what you expect...this is informative and well put together. It is interesting for a wide range of people not just flyers. Once started it is quite hard to put down.

Gold Coast


Youthful enterprise


A great read that had me coming back for more as Ryan's epic journey unfolded. I had to keep reminding myself that this remarkable young man was still in his teens.




4.8 4


ISBN: 9781743568736
ISBN-10: 1743568738
Series: MIRA Regular S.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 21st July 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.41