Did You know? The first black person to fly solo around the globe is Jamaican!

Barrington Antonio Irving, Jr. (born November 11, 1983) was the youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo.

He is also the first black person and first Jamaican to accomplish this feat. As of 2007, he was an aerospace student at Florida Memorial University. His airplane, a Cessna 400, is named the “Inspiration”, and was manufactured and assembled by the Columbia Aircraft Mfg. Co. in 2005, classified as a standard aircraft in the utility category using over $300,000 in donated parts.

Irving was born on November 11, 1983 in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in Miami, Florida.

  

He is a graduate of Miami Northwestern High School. Irving turned down multiple football scholarship offers with his sights set on aviation.

He later founded Experience Aviation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering minority youth to pursue careers in aviation.

His airplane, the “Inspiration”, has been registered to Experience Aviation since 2006.

His record was broken in 2012 by the 22 year old Swiss Carlo Schmid.

Jamaican first youngest person to fly around the world


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Maurine Cunningham
6 years ago

Awesome….very proud

Nicky Wallace
6 years ago

Well done! Isn’t it amazing how we never hear these stories? Thanks for sharing.

Nicky Wallace
6 years ago

Well done! Isn’t it amazing how we never hear these stories? Thanks for sharing.

Sheila Lewis
6 years ago

“Wi likkle but wi tallawah.” 1love

Angela Wilison
5 years ago

my son wants to be a pilot and this excites mi so much. i showed this to him and it ruffled his feathers.

Alrick Mckenzie
5 years ago

Way to go……

Freddie Ranger
5 years ago

Great ,just marvelous

Janet Ewen
5 years ago

God is great he is the one that allows them to do these things

Nicky Wallace
5 years ago

Well done! Isn’t it amazing how we never hear these stories? Thanks for sharing.

Sheila Lewis
5 years ago

“Wi likkle but wi tallawah.” 1love

Maurine Cunningham
5 years ago

Awesome….very proud

Safiya Byars
5 years ago

Awesome!

Odain Hall
5 years ago

Proud jamaican big up

Andre Johnson
4 years ago

We Jamaicans are pretty much good at anything!!!