A 16-year-old teen from Compton, Isaiah Cooper, has set a record to be the youngest Black pilot ever to fly over U.S.
Cooper, being focused and determined, successfully flew 8,000-mile in all from California to Maine, Washington, Florida and finally returned back to his hometown, Compton. It was indeed a historical moment when he landed in his hometown at the Compton-Woodley Airport.
Sometimes, wishes come through only if you work towards it. But it wasn’t that easy for Cooper to safely travel as he encountered bad weather along his way.
Cooper explained his experience flying around the country. “It was terrifying”, he said. “I was really scared, I wanted to give up and go home,” he told Mic. “But having conversations with Robin and other people, it calmed my nerves and I continued on with the trip.”
Cooper’s flight instructor and mentor, Robin Petgrave said, “It’s kinda cool when you see a kid that comes to you with this idea and this dream and then you help them to realize it, especially when you have your setbacks like he did when Mother Nature challenged him and he had to execute emergency procedures.”
Isaiah Cooper said he plans to fly around the world and wants to be the youngest pilot at the age of 18 to make a solo flight. He also aims at becoming “a productive young man with a future in aviation, and not a statistic”, despite all the barriers Blacks in US manage to achieve their goals and dreams.
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