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April 15th 2013:Helping Kids Take Flight with Pilot and Education Activist Barrington Irving

Barrington Irving grew up in a rough neighborhood in Miami, convinced that a football career was his best shot at success. Just a few years later, after a chance meeting with a pilot, Barrington became the youngest person and only African-America to ever fly around the world solo. Today, he works to get kids excited about STEM fields through his nonprofit Experience Aviation. Barrington is currently planning another round-the-world flight in a plane he calls a Flying Classroom and this time, he's letting kids take the reins. Students around the globe will use science and math to make flight pl

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Captain Barrington Irving

In 2007, Captain Barrington Irving became the youngest person, at 23, and the first black pilot to fly solo around the globe. Born in Jamaica and brought up in inner-city Miami, Barrington saw a football scholarship as his route to college until, inspired by a Jamaican airline pilot who became his mentor, he decided to pursue a career in aviation. Barrington founded the nonprofit Experience Aviation, offering STEM-based programs and career guidance to students in the Miami area. He has received many awards including a 2007 Congressional Resolution honoring his flight and his work in education. In 2012, he was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Barrington is currently planning his
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