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Meet the First Black Pilot to Fly Solo Around the World


<b>Meet the First Black Pilot to Fly Solo Around the World</b>It took him 97 days
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In 2007, at the age of 23, Barrington Irving set a world record when he not only became the first Black person to complete a solo flight around the world in a single-engine plane, but the youngest person to do so at that time as well! Irving started his solo journey from Miami, Florida around the world. He made 27 stops to different countries including Canada, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, India, Thailand, China, and Japan. He traveled 26,800 miles in 97 days and returned to his base on June 27, 2007. Irving, who was born in Jamaica and grew up in Miami, started his fascination with aviation and planes since he was 15 years old when a United Airlines pilot invited him for a tour at the cockpit of a Boeing 777 airliner. He then worked several jobs at airports and practiced with a computer flight simulator at home to enhance his skills. In 2003, he received a $100,000 Florida Memorial University/U.S. Air Force Flight Awareness Scholarship and studied aeronautical science. In 2005, Irving established the nonprofit organization Experience Aviation to empower youth, especially minorities, to pursue careers in aviation.

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