Boeing 777

Youngest Boeing 777 Officer Earning Online Degree from Worldwide

At 22, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide student Connor Shields is the youngest Boeing 777 first officer in the aviation industry, according to Air & Space Smithsonian.

Shields' workload in a month can include two laps around the world with flights lasting up to 15 hours.

Read more about Connor Shields and his career as a young pilot.


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