SHE DEPARTED with a dream and returned home a record-breaker.
Inspired by the WW2 black Tuskeegee Airmen, 15-year-old Kimberly Anyadike flew a single-engine Cessna cross-country from her hometown of Compton, California, to Newport News, Virginia.
Anyadike is thought to be the youngest African-American female pilot to complete the journey, which took 13 days. She arrived home in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 11, 2009.
Anyadike learned to fly at age 12 through the Compton-based Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum, which offers aviation lessons in an after-school project for disadvantaged youths. It was their plane that she flew on her amazing cross-country trip.