Young Pilot Flies Solo Around The World

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (AP) -- A 23-year-old man says he's the youngest pilot -- and the first black person -- to fly around the world alone.

Barrington Irving today completed his three-month trip in a plane he built himself from more than 300-thousand dollars in donated parts.

The aerospace student has flown the "Inspiration" over 27-thousand miles, landing at a Florida airport to crowd cheers and music from a marching band.

Irving's record-setting claim may be true, but officials at the National Aeronautic Association say they do not track pilots' age or ethnicity.

The Jamaican-born Irving says his mission is to bring hope primarily to inner-city minorities. He says he wants to inspire them "to do more with their lives than resort to violence".

Irving is enrolled at Florida Memorial University and has earned private and commercial pilots licenses.


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