First African American And Youngest Person To Fly Solo Around The World Lands In Anchorage
By Nick McDermott, CBS 11 News Producer KTVA
Article Last Updated:06/18/2007 06:44:43 PM AKDT
It was quite a day for one pilot who landed in Anchorage late Sunday night and became the first African American and the youngest person ever to fly solo around the world.
On March 23, 2007, Barrington Irving left from Miami, Florida. It took him twice as long as expected, but now his name is on a short list of people to circle the globe alone. He made the trip to spread awareness about careers in aviation. He hopes his journey can serve as inspiration to those who want to fly. But more than that, he wants people to spread their wings and follow their dreams.
"If you just step out, there are people out there that will support you, support your dreams, support your endeavors. And it goes for any child that has a dream or endeavor they want to pursue for themselves," said Irving.
When he was 21-years-old, Irving started Experience Aviation, a non-profit business to encourage people to inspire young people interested in learning to fly.
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