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Young pilot sets off on historic journey

first_imgIrving was born in Jamaica and grew up in Miami. He said he saw little chance for success until he met a Jamaican-American pilot at his parents’ Christian bookstore. Irving will make stops in Cleveland and Farmingdale, N.Y., before passing into Canada, then crossing the Atlantic, through Europe, the Middle East and Asia. A 23-year-old aerospace student who built his plane from more than $300,000 in donated parts took off Friday from Opa-locka, Fla., hoping to become the youngest person and first black pilot to fly around the globe alone. Barrington Irving plans to arrive back at his Opa-locka starting point April 30 in his single-engine Lancair Columbia 400. He had planned to fly last year, but a lack of funding delayed his $1 million project. He still needs about $20,000, but that didn’t stop him from setting out. “I want this completed before the year is over so kids can see that someone who started off with nothing set a goal and completed it,” he said just before takeoff. “Even with the challenges, everything is starting to fall in place. It’s just my time.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more