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16-Year-Old Isaiah Cooper Is The Youngest African American Pilot

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Black excellence continues to shine through young Isaiah Cooper, who’s broken the mold in aviation.

The Compton, California teen is the youngest black pilot to fly across the continental U.S. by himself. Ironically, it was “hanging with the wrong crowd” that made him realize that was not the life he wanted to live and decided to take his education at  Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum more seriously.

He wisely stated on his Go Fund Me page, “My main goal is to become a productive young man with a future in aviation, and not a statistic.”

Isaiah covered 8,000 miles of travel in 13 days starting July 5th. Regardless of unpredictable, dangerous weather and an emergency landing in Wyoming, the pilot persevered. Once he landed safely at Compton Woodley Airport eleven days later, Isaiah already started to gear up for his next goal: Travel around the world at 18.

Good luck, Isaiah! We’re all rooting for you.


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