Meet a legend 

The first African-American pilot to fly solo around the world speaks to CPS students.

February 23, 2009

                                                                                                                                                                                           Photo courtesy of Juan Rivera.


Last month, 300 CPS students learned about careers in aviation and the path to success that one special pilot took to become the youngest person and the first African-American pilot to fly solo around the world.


Barrington Irving presented his inspirational message to more than 300 students from Walter Payton College Prep, 1034 N. Wells St., and Whitney Young Magnet School, 211 S. Laflin St. The event was part of Irving’s “Dream & Soar: Youth in Aviation” program, in partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, which is designed to motivate youth to consider careers in aviation.


Irving is the founder of the Miami-based Experience Aviation program, which helps students build math, science, reading and problem-solving skills.


Learn more about the Experience Aviation program.