Irving: First black pilot to fly solo around the world at 23

Irving: First black pilot to fly solo around the world at 23

- Barrington Irving made history when he became the first black pilot to fly solo around the world in 97 days

- Irving, who was only 23 at the time of his great historic travel, completed his journey on 27 June, 2007

- The successful young man came from a humble background and never thought he could even become a pilot

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Barrington Irving at just age 23 made history when he became the first black pilot to fly solo around the world in 2007.

The young black man landed at the Opa-Locka Airport in Miami after 97 days of travel, capturing the admiration and wonder of many.

The brilliant young man, who has joined the list of historic black people who have made history, grew up in a very humble background in Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of six, he moved to Miami, where he grew up.

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See Irving's own narration below:

Growing up, Irving recalls, that his family had little to nothing as there were days that they had no food to eat.

His journey to becoming a pilot started only eight years before his groundbreaking feat to fly solo around the world when he worked in his parents' Christian bookstore at age 15.

The pilot took the young teenager to go see the jet he flew at the time and encouraged the boy to become a pilot. That was it.

Fast forward and Irving decides to pursue a career in aviation and earn his private commercial pilot and certified flight instructor licences as well as his Instrument and Multi-Engine Rating, all of which led to him making the historic feat.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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