“I wanted to inspire other kids to really believe in themselves,” – Kimberly Anyadike
Via Tracy Miller, nydailynews.com
She departed with a dream and returned home a record-breaker.
Inspired by the Tuskeegee Airmen, the youngest African-American Pilot, 15-year-old Kimberly Anyadike flew a single-engine Cessna cross-country from her hometown of Compton, Calif., to Newport News, Va.
Anyadike is thought to be the youngest African American female pilot to complete the journey, which took 13 days. She arrived home in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 11.
Anyadike learned to fly at age 12 through the Compton-based Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, which offers aviation lessons in an after-school program for disadvantaged youths, the Los Angeles Times reported. It was their plane that she flew on her cross-country trip.
The brave teenager came up with the idea for the trip on her own, the museum’s founder, Robert Petgrave, told the Times.
“I told her it was going to be a daunting task, but she just said, ‘Put it on. I got big shoulders,'” Petgrave said.
You can read more about the teens adventure HERE & watch her interview on CNN ABOVE.