Meet the Black man who became an exceptional World Record Holding pilot at 14

Meet the Black man who became an exceptional World Record Holding pilot at 14

- In 2006, Jonathan Strickland made history when he became the youngest male Black pilot in aviation history

- The 14-year-old flew an airplane and a helicopter on the same day in 2006

- Strickland, became the youngest Black pilot to solo six airplanes and one helicopter at Compton Woodley Airport, earning additional two new world records

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At the age of 14, Jonathan Strickland made history when he became the youngest male Black pilot in aviation history in 2006 to fly an airplane and a helicopter on the same day.

Prior to that, he had soloed in a Cessna-152 at the Pacific Flying Club at Dekta, British Columbia’s Boundary Bay Airport.

Strickland travelled 20 minutes to Heli-College Canada Training Center at Langley Airport where he made a solo flight in a Robinson R22.

His two-day trip ended with an estimated 1,000 miles at Compton Woodley Airport on July 1, 2006, earning him four world records and made him the youngest person to solo both a helicopter and airplane on the same day.

The teenager's accomplishment also made him the youngest African American to solo and fly a helicopter internationally and on an international round-trip.

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Meet the Black man who became an exceptional aviator World Record Holding Pilot at 14

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Strickland, a resident of Los Angeles, became the youngest Black pilot to solo six airplanes and one helicopter at Compton Woodley Airport, earning additional two new world records, according to reports.

Strickland reportedly soloed a Robinson R44 helicopter, a Cessna 172RG, a new glass-panel Cessna 172 SP, a Piper Warrior, a Sting Sport LSA and a Remos LSA – all within six hours.

According to Face2Face Africa, Marc C. Lee, attested that Strickland, had been flying since he was 8 years old.

Lee made the revelation on April 6, 2010, on the edition of ''Plane & Pilot''.

Strickland has received many awards and commendations for his world breaking records from prominent people including President George W. Bush, the Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Boeing, United States Air Force Academy and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University amongst others.

Meet the Black man who became an exceptional aviator World Record Holding Pilot at 14

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In 2010, he earned his Commercial Pilot’s Certificate on his 18th birthday and subsequently earned his rating as a certified flight instructor qualified to pilot a multi-engine commercial plane.

Strickland later started college at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Long Beach, California, majoring in Aviation Business Administration and he was paying for his school tuition as a commercial and private jet instructor for Lear Jet Systems.

With six titles under his belt and rising to become one of the youngest commercial airline captains in the United States. Strickland is among the world’s youngest commercial airline pilots.

Meet the Black man who became an exceptional World Record Holding pilot at 14

At 25, Jonathan makes history again as the youngest pilot employed by UPS. Photo credit: EURweb
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