Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Power of a Dream

As a Kid we all had dreams,to become a pilot,to become a speaker,to become a writer,etc.But when we become grown up,we forget to dream and get into our daily grind.

Barrington Irving dreamed to become a pilot.Born in jamaica and raised in miami,florida,he became the youngest person and first african-american to fly solo around the world.

He got his passion when he was 15years old.He did odd jobs like washing flights by private jet owners for money to get flight lessons.He spoke in churches and schools about aviation.

His efforts were noticed by local community leaders and he got a scholarship and enrolled into florida memorial university to get academic and flight training.

In 2005,he founded a non-profit organization called Experience Aviation Inc., to help young people who pursue careers in aviation.

He was asking companies to sponsor him for his round-the-world dream,but no one came forward.So he started to ask for aircraft parts donation.He raised parts worth of $300,000 and asked columbia ,an aircraft manufacturer to build an aircraft for him.
Chevron came up with helping him with fuel.

On March23rd,2007 he started his journey around the world in his aircraft called "Inspiration".In june27th,2007,23 year old Barrington created history when he landed in miami,florida after his trip.

It is an inspiring journey for young people to leave their fear,dare to dream and reach for the stars.

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Thanks to Wes Hopper's blog where i read Barrington's story.
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Eugene Williams said...

I just happen upon your blog and I am glad I did. It reminds me that I should not give up on a dream and never give up on life.

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