I must say, this has been some week for aviation news! Goodness. First we have the Amelia Earhart expedition team, en route to the South Pacific – all in an effort to uncover new details into Earhart’s disappearance.
Now I’m reading ‘new news’ about 23-year-old, African American pilot, Barrington Irving. "Mr. Irving, a senior majoring in aeronautical science at Florida Memorial University, completed a solo flight around the world in a single-engine plane last month to become the youngest and first black pilot to accomplish that feat."
In the same article by New York Times writer, Vincent Mallozzi, Irving reflected on why this was such an important journey for him, "It’s humbling, especially in this day and age, when a lot of young black men are getting caught up in the wrong things," said Mr. Irving, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up in Miami. "I feel blessed that I had a chance to maybe inspire kids out there, black or white, to become pilots or engineers or air traffic controllers, or to make a positive impact in any other area of life." (comes via Vincent Mallozzi’s New York Times article – At 23, the Youngest Pilot to Solo the Planet)
Here’s my only problem with this story. Irving’s flight began in March of this year and ended on June 27th. Was I the only person who missed out on this famous flight? I guess not. The people who were, in the know, are over at Barrington’s blog. You should check it out. He has priceless photos and information about his adventure.
(graphic comes via World Flight Adventure)