Talented 17-Year-Old Boy Gabriel Carothers Makes History as the Youngest Black Pilot in New Mexico

Talented 17-Year-Old Boy Gabriel Carothers Makes History as the Youngest Black Pilot in New Mexico

  • Gabriel Carothers, a 17-year-old boy, has made history as the youngest Black pilot after he received his pilot's licence in New Mexico in the US
  • The youngest pilot in New Mexico is officially flying after completing his private pilot check ride
  • Carothers expressed gratitude for starting this endeavour during Black History Month to Live5News

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A 17-year-old boy named Gabriel Carothers has earned his wings and made history as the youngest Black pilot in New Mexico in the US.

The native of Albuquerque grew up with a passion for aviation, drawing inspiration from his father's family friend.

The teenager recalls his dad's family friend taking him and his brother up for a flight with his plane when "we were five and six years old".

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Years later, Carothers earned his pilot's licence and cemented his legacy in history. He just completed his private pilot check ride and is now the youngest pilot in New Mexico to take to the skies.

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Gabriel Carothers is grateful for the milestone

Carothers told Live5News that he's grateful for embarking on this feat during Black History Month.

"Leaving a trail behind and leaving a path for other kids to follow lightens my heart," he said, per Live5news.

Gabriel Carothers plans to learn how to fly vintage aircraft

The teenager did not do this alone. He had support from his father, a retired US Air Force pilot.

After receiving his wings, Carothers intends to gain experience flying vintage aircraft before finally entering the Air Force to follow in his father's footsteps.

Woman named first Black president at Harvard University

Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh reported that after Harvard University named Prof Claudine Gay the first Black president of the establishment, she made history.

The pioneer has been elected as the institution's 30th president in its nearly four-century history.

Lawrence Bacow, the current president of Harvard, stepped down in favour of Gay after serving in that position for five years.

According to the Washington Post, the daughter of Haitian immigrants holds a PhD in government from Harvard University as well as a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University.

Brilliant African-American girl is first Black valedictorian in her school

Also, YEN.com.gh previously reported that in the 138-year history of her school, a young lady named Taryn Thomas made history by becoming the first Black valedictorian.

Among hundreds of others, Thomas proudly graduated from Beaumont High School, leaving her name in the history books.

The prodigy lamented the prejudice and discrimination she encountered in school in her valedictory speech on her graduation day.

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