- Barrington Irving made history when he became the first black pilot to fly solo around the world for 97 good days
- Irving who was only 23 at the time of his great historic travel which he returned from on June 27, 2007
- The successful young man grew up in a humble background and never thought he could even become a pilot until age 15 when a pilot to him he could
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Barrington Irving, at just age 23, made history when he became the 1st black pilot to fly solo around the world, an event which happened on June 27, 2007.
That fateful day, the young black man landed at the Opa-Locka Airport in Miami after 97 days of travel, catching the admiration and wonder of many.
The brilliant young man who has also joined the list of historic black people grew up in a very humble background in Kingston, Jamaica, after which he was moved to Miami at age 6, where he would grow up.
See Irving's own narration below:
Growing up, Irving recalls, that his family had little to nothing as there were days that there was no food to eat on some occasions.
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.
A Jamaican pilot met Irving then and simply asking him whether he ever thought about flying a plane, to which Irving replied he did not think he would be able to.
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, Irving decides to pursue a career in aviation and earned his Private Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor licenses as well as his Instrument and Multi-Engine Rating, all of which led to him making the historic feat.
In another amazing story about successful young black people, Kwasi Kankam, a young man who graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has landed a massive job with a top US firm.
The young man graduated from the Ghanaian university in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry after which he landed the huge role, immediately after his national service.
Kankam has been recruited as a Senior Data Analyst for AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish company which is one of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the whole world.
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