'I starved growing up' - Ghanaian pilot Captain Quainoo shares life story

'I starved growing up' - Ghanaian pilot Captain Quainoo shares life story

- Captain Quainoo has visited his alma mater, Koforidua Secondary Technical School

- While at the school, he addressed students of the school

- Captian Quainoo revealed his very poor background to encourage students to be determined in achieving their dreams

The Ghanaian pilot who flew the world’s biggest passenger plane, Emirates Airbus A380 to Accra last Tuesday, Captain Solomon Quainoo, has visited his alma mater, Koforidua Secondary Technical School.

Addressing students during his visit, Captain Quainoo used his humble beginnings to encourage the students to be determined and work hard to achieve their dreams.

According to the now famous pilot, he was only able to achieve his current feat through hard work and support from family and friends.

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Captain Quainoo and Senior First Officer Faisal in the cockpit of the plane (Source: Facebook/Mabel Aku Banasseh)
Source: Facebook

Describing the difficulties he faced growing up, he said he purposed to be a pilot at the age of 6 when he saw a plane fly high above in the sky and remained focused to make the dream a reality.

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“At 6 years old I saw a plane and I wanted to be a pilot. It was not an easy path coming from a poor family there were a lot of challenges, but I remained determined and kept pushing forward, working hard which was not easy but with hard work and support from family and friends I have been able to where I am now,” YEN.com.gh sighted a report on Citinewsroom.com quoting him as saying.

Captain Solomon Quainoo said it was a great struggle for him to become a pilot since he grew up poor.

'I starved growing up' - Ghanaian pilot Captain Quainoo shares life story

Captain Solomon Quainoo (Source: Citinewsroom.com)
Source: UGC

He revealed that he spent part of his life living in an unroofed uncompleted building with five other siblings.

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“It took a lot of hard work because I did not grow up from a rich family, I came from a very poor home and we used to be about 6 guys sleeping in one room and whenever it rains, there was no ceiling so we had to put bowls on the floor to make sure we do not get wet, but with determination amidst the challenges I made it… Sometimes we are starved, we go hungry but you see your friends eating and progressing and I said to myself why don’t I forget this and go do something else, but I challenged myself and never competed with anyone,” Captain Quainoo stressed.

“My challenges have been mainly financial because flying cost a lot of money. Currently, you have to pay close to 150,000 pounds just to get the basic flying air transport private license. You get air transport license that is not too expensive, but to be able to fly a passenger plane you need a lot of money so finances have been the main thing,” he reportedly revealed.

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As earlier reported by YEN.com.gh, after secondary school Captain Quainoo proceeded to the University of Ghana for Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Physics and Geology.

Captian Quainoo proceeded to Kingston University in London for a Master of Engineering degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

After his Masters degree, he worked with British Airways as an engineer before enrolling at the Oxford Aviation Training for his pilot qualification course which he completed in 2003.

He has since worked as pilot for British Airways and he is currently with Emirates.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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