Black History: Barrington Irving


On March 23, 2007 Barrington A. Irving became the first black pilot to fly solo around the world. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, he also became the first Jamaican to complete such a feat. Studying aerospace at Florida Memorial University, Barrington turned down multiple football scholarships in order to pursue his love of aviation. He is currently running Experience Aviation, “a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering minority youth to pursue careers in aviation.”

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