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Bearcat99
07-03-2007, 06:21 PM
Congratulations Barrington Irving on your awesome accomplishment!!!

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U.S. man is first black, youngest to
fly solo around the world
by Patrick Moser Wed Jun 27, 3:42 PM ET
MIAMI (AFP) - A 23-year-old Jamaican-American on Wednesday became the youngest person
and the first black pilot to fly solo around the globe as he glided into Miami after a three-month
journey he hopes will be an inspiration to inner-city kids.
A crowd of about 2,000 people erupted in cheers as Barrington Irving landed at Miami's Opa
Locka airport after flying a few low passes over the tarmac.
"They told me I was too young, they told me there was no way I could do it, they told me I don't
have the experience, I don't have the knowledge, I don't have the wisdom ... they told me I would
never come back home, but guess what?" Irving said to loud cheers from the crowd.
"I'm home," a jubilant Irving said after alighting from his single-engine Columbia 400, which he
built with more than 300,000 dollars in donated components.
"The flight was a long flight that challenged me mentally and physically," he said. "God carried me
through."
Irving had initially hoped to complete his voyage in about one month, but took three times as long
as he braved sandstorms, snowstorms and monsoons.
The Jamaican-born aerospace student hopes the trip will be an inspiration to children in poor,
urban neighborhoods. "I want to show them they can do more with their lives than resort to
violence," said Irving.
Irving grew up in a rough Miami neighborhood just behind the Opa Locka executive airport, where
he says 24 children were killed last year alone.
He initially hoped to become a football player, but found his inspiration at the aged of 15, when he
met a man he now calls his mentor, United Airlines captain Gary Robinson.
Robinson, who is also Jamaican-born, took the teen to see a Boeing 777. Irving was immediately
hooked, and turned down college football scholarships to become a pilot.
He started working at the airport in his free time, washing planes in exchange for short flights or
money he could use for flying lessons. Every evening he practiced flying on his computer, using
flight simulation software.
In 2003, Irving started calling aircraft manufacturers asking it they would lend him a plane for his
round-the-world trip. No offers were forthcoming, but the enterprising young man eventually met
with success when he asked manufacturers to donate components to be assembled by aircraft
maker Columbia.
He said he'd had his share of detractors, but never let that get in the way of his dream.
Among those who welcomed the young pilot home on Wednesday were several retired members
of the "Tuskegee Airmen," the first African-American pilots in the US military, who flew during
World War II.
"We were an oddity back then, with perseverance, we overcame," said Leo Gray, who as a
lieutenant colonel flew 15 World War combat missions with the squadron formally known as the
322 Fighter Group.
"When we started in 1941 as the first black squadron, they didn't think blacks could fly, and now
this young man has gone around the world," said former Tuskegee mechanic Richard Rutledge,
85.

Background info here (http://www.experienceaviation.org/)

Bearcat99
07-03-2007, 06:21 PM
Congratulations Barrington Irving on your awesome accomplishment!!!

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">U.S. man is first black, youngest to
fly solo around the world
by Patrick Moser Wed Jun 27, 3:42 PM ET
MIAMI (AFP) - A 23-year-old Jamaican-American on Wednesday became the youngest person
and the first black pilot to fly solo around the globe as he glided into Miami after a three-month
journey he hopes will be an inspiration to inner-city kids.
A crowd of about 2,000 people erupted in cheers as Barrington Irving landed at Miami's Opa
Locka airport after flying a few low passes over the tarmac.
"They told me I was too young, they told me there was no way I could do it, they told me I don't
have the experience, I don't have the knowledge, I don't have the wisdom ... they told me I would
never come back home, but guess what?" Irving said to loud cheers from the crowd.
"I'm home," a jubilant Irving said after alighting from his single-engine Columbia 400, which he
built with more than 300,000 dollars in donated components.
"The flight was a long flight that challenged me mentally and physically," he said. "God carried me
through."
Irving had initially hoped to complete his voyage in about one month, but took three times as long
as he braved sandstorms, snowstorms and monsoons.
The Jamaican-born aerospace student hopes the trip will be an inspiration to children in poor,
urban neighborhoods. "I want to show them they can do more with their lives than resort to
violence," said Irving.
Irving grew up in a rough Miami neighborhood just behind the Opa Locka executive airport, where
he says 24 children were killed last year alone.
He initially hoped to become a football player, but found his inspiration at the aged of 15, when he
met a man he now calls his mentor, United Airlines captain Gary Robinson.
Robinson, who is also Jamaican-born, took the teen to see a Boeing 777. Irving was immediately
hooked, and turned down college football scholarships to become a pilot.
He started working at the airport in his free time, washing planes in exchange for short flights or
money he could use for flying lessons. Every evening he practiced flying on his computer, using
flight simulation software.
In 2003, Irving started calling aircraft manufacturers asking it they would lend him a plane for his
round-the-world trip. No offers were forthcoming, but the enterprising young man eventually met
with success when he asked manufacturers to donate components to be assembled by aircraft
maker Columbia.
He said he'd had his share of detractors, but never let that get in the way of his dream.
Among those who welcomed the young pilot home on Wednesday were several retired members
of the "Tuskegee Airmen," the first African-American pilots in the US military, who flew during
World War II.
"We were an oddity back then, with perseverance, we overcame," said Leo Gray, who as a
lieutenant colonel flew 15 World War combat missions with the squadron formally known as the
322 Fighter Group.
"When we started in 1941 as the first black squadron, they didn't think blacks could fly, and now
this young man has gone around the world," said former Tuskegee mechanic Richard Rutledge,
85. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Background info here (http://www.experienceaviation.org/)

polak5
07-03-2007, 06:36 PM
"Every evening he practiced flying on his computer, using
flight simulation software."

I guess I am well on my way as well. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

kol story bear.

Crash_Moses
07-03-2007, 07:07 PM
Amazing. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

And why wife thinks stubborness is a flaw...

BrotherVoodoo
07-03-2007, 07:30 PM
=SALUTE= Mr. Irving Sir, what an accomlishmant!

zardozid
07-03-2007, 09:15 PM
I think its really neat that his name has been added to the "book of firsts in flying". (Its a very small club...)

I think its really fun that such a young man would get a kick out of the "old school" adventure of flying. Sometimes I daydream about the days when flying was a hi-tech adventure of exploration (1920's ish). Its nice to see other share the dream...

I remember hearing about this when he started out on his flight....Thanks for share, I might have missed the news of his return... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

ElSjonnie
07-04-2007, 05:18 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Crash_Moses:

And why wife thinks stubborness is a flaw... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Oh but it is. Perseverance is another matter though.

flakwagen
07-04-2007, 10:46 AM
Congratulations to him and his sponsors. It'll be a nice bit of public relations for all involved, and a great item for his resume.

Flak

SeaFireLIV
07-04-2007, 11:09 AM
It`s a pity that in this world it has to be such a big deal just cos a person is black. I mean, his skin colour is darker than white, so what? He`s got 2 arms, legs and a sentient brain. He understands as well as every other Human Being.

And before the entire world completely misunderstands my meaning... I`m black.

mynameisroland
07-04-2007, 11:12 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by SeaFireLIV:
It`s a pity that in this world it has to be such a big deal just cos a person is black. I mean, his skin colour is darker than white, so what? He`s got 2 arms, legs and a sentient brain. He understands as well as every other Human Being.

And before the entire world completely misunderstands my meaning... I`m black. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Its like Tiger Woods and the new F1 Starlet Hamilton. Great Sportsmen in their own right, they dont need race clouding that fact.

The sooner the issue of Black/White ect ceases to be an issue the better imo.

I_KG100_Prien
07-04-2007, 11:18 AM
Wish the race issue would go the way of the Dodo as well. But it won't.

It was a great accomplishment by a human being. Don't care if he is pink with polkadots.

But it seems this thread just crossed into the realm where locks come quickly...

Old_Canuck
07-04-2007, 12:12 PM
The biggest point of this story and I think it was the point Mr. Irving was trying to make was the fact that he overcame the usual pattern for the neighborhood he grew up in. I'm sure his accomplishment will inspire young people in similar circumstances to reach higher in their own lives. It will be interesting to watch his future unfold now as he still has a few years to go and he obviously is not afraid to follow a challenging vision.

strider1
07-04-2007, 01:33 PM
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Exactly, OC.
This young man made several accomplishments that are individually astounding. Turned down football scholarships? How many young guys from that background would do that? Flew solo around the world? Hard enough to get from Cannes to Bastogne. Surely an inspiration for not only all young people of every race but also anyone under the age of 125.
Most respectful ~S~!
Strider

Urufu_Shinjiro
07-04-2007, 02:30 PM
The sad thing is I was looking for which date in history this was, I was shocked that this was now, this year. I agree that the sooner race is no longer a factor in anything the better, but it apparently is still an issue if it's 2007 before a black man makes a round the world airplane expedition.

T_O_A_D
07-04-2007, 02:41 PM
Cool and super for him.
I would of liked to of known all about it before hand and kept track of it,as it went down.

I'm more amazed on the fact of how he managed to get the big guys to give parts for it.

Obviously they had no faith he could do it.
So they gave him parts, thinking that would be enough frustration, to stop his silliness.

Give him a plane what him try and crash. Ouch we were so stupid to killed that kid.

flakwagen
07-04-2007, 03:22 PM
His ability to wrangle different groups into working together to achieve a specific goal with very little investment capital is what impresses me the most. He has a bright future in management of some sort.

Flak

T_O_A_D
07-04-2007, 08:17 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by flakwagen:
His ability to wrangle different groups into working together to achieve a specific goal with very little investment capital is what impresses me the most. He has a bright future in management of some sort.

Flak </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Exactly, what I was thinking, but you did a much better job of saying it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

M_Gunz
07-04-2007, 08:28 PM
This is a good thing. When he enlisted support, support was there.
Very important it shows that the world is not only hostile and victims, what can happen with
being different, what can be achieved.
I think he worked with God and walked the good path there.

Bearcat99
07-04-2007, 11:31 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by SeaFireLIV:
It`s a pity that in this world it has to be such a big deal just cos a person is black. I mean, his skin colour is darker than white, so what? He`s got 2 arms, legs and a sentient brain. He understands as well as every other Human Being.
And before the entire world completely misunderstands my meaning... I`m black. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah well..... it's a pity that everyone cant have a decent place to live and the comfort in knowing that should they or a loved one get sick there is decent help for them... unfortunately thats the way it is....

The fact that no African American has ever done it before is noteworthy IMO.. especially comnsidering his background.. the fact that he is also the youngest person to do it is also noteworthy. It would be nice if that was no longer the case and after this it wont be... but like it or not it is an issue. I for one am proud of the young man... since the hoodlums wearing the latest jailhouse chic fashion acoutraments and spouting the full blown *******ized version of the english language over the airwaves seem to get so much play all the time it is refreshing to see this man getting his due... and i will gladly and very proudly toot his horn.

Stuntie
07-05-2007, 01:49 AM
A great achievement, particularly for such a young and inexperienced pilot.
Kudos to him for getting the plane components and organizing it all. That can't have been easy.

Reminds me of Amy Johnson, someone else who made a mark on aviation whilst still a fresh pilot. Hopefully he will go like her to achieve great things and inspire others.

Hats off to Captain Gary Robinson as well for taking the time to help kids like Barrington.

John_Pimlott
07-05-2007, 05:39 AM
Good lad!!
It's quite a long way round the world I believe. I've never been..
All the best to him.
John.
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Xiolablu3
07-05-2007, 02:16 PM
In the future race will cease to be an issue.

Everyone will be the same colour, a sort of light brown.

Bearcat99
07-05-2007, 07:08 PM
The Bullworth world... sounds good to me.