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Published on July 23rd, 2009 | by thevyne


Making History: Kimberly Anyadike

In a time when it seems like many teenagers lack motivation, manners and ambition, it is refreshing to see Miss Kimberly Anyadike. At only 15 years old, she has become the youngest African American female to fly solo cross country.

This remarkable young lady learned to fly at 12 years old  through Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum’s after schoolprogram located in Compton, California. She flew their  single-engine Cessna during the 13 day journey which departed from her hometown of Compton and landed in Newport News, Virginia. You can watch a video of her landing here.

As if her trip was not exciting enough, along for the ride was  one of the Tuskeegee Airmen, Levi Thornhill. When talking about the Tuskegee Airmen herself, Miss Anyadike said, “They left such a great legacy…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.”

Congratulations from The Vyne, Kimberly! You’re a true role model and we look forward to many more amazing accomplishments from you!


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