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Youngest Black Female Pilot Flies Cross-Country

Imagine all the things you did when you were a teenager: slumber parties, sports matches, talking about your crush. Well, 15-year-old Kimberly Anyadike is sure to do all that stuff, but also so much more. She recently flew a single-engine Cessna plane cross-country from her hometown of Compton, California, to Newport News, Virginia, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The flight is record-breaking, as Anyadike is believed to be the youngest African-American female pilot to complete the journey, which took 13 days.

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Anyadike learned to fly at the early age of 12 through the Compton-based Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum, which offers aviation lessons as an after-school program for disadvantaged youths. The flying youngster said she was inspired to take flight by the Tuskeegee Airmen, America's first black military airmen, who fought in World War II.

Along for the historic ride were an adult safety pilot and 87-year-old Levi Thornhill, himself one of the Tuskeegee Airmen.

"They left such a great legacy," Anyadike said of the all-black combat unit. "I had big shoes to fill. ... All they wanted to do was to be patriots for this country. They were told no, that they were stupid, that they didn't have cognitive development to fly planes. They didn't listen. They just did what they wanted to do."

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About 50 Tuskeegee Airmen autographed Anyadike's plane during her journey. The plane belongs to the Aeronautical Museum where she took her flying lessons.

"I wanted to inspire other kids to really believe in themselves," Anyadike said of her journey across the country.

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