May 05, 2011

Aviation Hero Inspires Cardozo HS Youth To Dream and Soar 

First African-American Aviator to Fly Solo around the World Motivates Youth to Consider Aviation Career

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Barrington Irving, the youngest person and the first African American to fly solo around the world, will give an inspirational presentation for students in Cardozo Senior High School’s TransTech Academy, which was established in 1991 as the first transportation studies academy in the Washington metropolitan area.

After the assembly, Irving also will interact with students one-on-one in an effort to inspire them to consider a career in aviation.

Background: 

On June 27, 2007, 23-year-old Barrington Irving secured his place in history as the first black pilot and youngest person ever to fly solo around the globe. Thousands of students and well-wishers were on hand when he took off from Miami on March 23 in the single-engine aircraft. 

It took him three months to fly 30,000 miles. During his flight, he covered four continents and encountered thunderstorms, snow storms, icing, sand storms and monsoons.

Irving is the founder of the Miami-based Experience Aviation program, a nonprofit founded in 2003 to build math, science, reading and problem-solving skills for young people. Irving has received numerous U.S. and international awards for his role-model-for-youth initiatives.

Cardozo Senior High School is the home of the TransTech Academy which was established in 1991 as the first transportation studies academy in the Washington metropolitan area. Since that time, the academy has graduated nearly 500 students. This year marks TransTech’s 20th anniversary.

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