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A Compton Teen is the Youngest African American Pilot to Fly Coast to Coast



By: Leticia Latrice

A young man from Compton California named Isaiah Cooper has accomplished a lot in his 16 years of life. Cooper began to attend an aviation program in Compton at Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM) when he was 5 years old. He said that as he got older he began to head in the wrong direction. He was hanging with a bad crowd and doing self-destructive things that were holding him back. When he realized this is not how he wanted to live his life, he got back on track and returned to TAM to finish the aviation program. Thank goodness he made the right decision because it has lead to him doing something amazing.

He has recently made history by being the youngest African American pilot to fly around the Continental United States. He was accompanied by his instructor on this journey across the country. The flight left Compton, CA on July 5th and went to Maine. From Maine they flew to Washington, from Washington to Florida and back to Compton. Due to bad weather Cooper had to make an emergency landing and switch planes in Wyoming. This didn’t stop Cooper from completing his mission.


His instructor told the news that Cooper executed the emergency procedures flawlessly. The trip lasted 13 days and was 8,000 miles long. Cooper made history, but he wants do accomplish much more. Cooper is aiming for the sky! He said he is “determined to break the Guinness World Record for being the youngest person to fly around Earth solo”.

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This young black man made the conscious decision to change his life for the better and not be a victim of his environment. He was determined to achieve his dreams. Cooper stated “My main goal is to become a productive young man with a future in aviation, and not a statistic.”

It is wonderful to watch young black men accomplish great things, when society counts them out. Hopefully this will inspire other young black men to put their energy into achieving positive goals. Society attempts to place negative stereotypes on young black men saying they are thugs and savages who areally noT good at anything. Time and time again young black men are proving them wrong by rising above their circumstances and excelling in everything they do. Congratulations to Cooper for breaking this record and thank you for being a reflection of Black Excellence!

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