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Pilot at 15: Meet Kimberly Anyadike, The Igbo Girl Who is The Youngest Black Female Pilot in History

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By EzebilieAugustine | self meida writer
Published 7 months ago - 32040 views

To be a pilot, one needs to pass through some practical trainings and theories which will take years to perfect, but this Igbo girl in "Kimberly Anyadike" scaled through these trainings at just the age of 15 years, making her the youngest black female pilot in history.

Born in 1994, Kimberly Anyadike started her aviation from the age of 12 ar the Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum for less disadvantaged youths. Kimberly paid her for her flight sessions from the "museum dollars" which she earned from doing odd jobs in the training institute such cleaning the airplanes.

Despite being afraid of heights, Kimberly overcame her fears by turning her greatest fear to her greatest achievement.

In 2009, at the age of 15 years. Kimberly Anyadike in her quest in inspiring other kids from Black/African backgrounds her quest in flying a single engine "Cessna 172“ across the US.


Kimberly started her record breaking flight journey from Compton Airport in California in company of Adult Safety pilot Ronnel Norman and an 87 years old retired US airforce pilot Major Levi Thornhill.

The young black female pilot completed her quest in flying an airplane across the US in 13 days.

Upon her arrival in July 11 2009, the young black Igbo girl was invited to the California state house by the famous Hollywood actor "Arnold Schwarzenegger" who serves as the of California at that time.


Breaking of the aviation record runs in the blood stream of the Anyadikes', Kimberly's elder sister Kelly holds the Guinness record of the youngest black woman pilot to fly a four different fixed-wing plane in a day.

Kimberly and her sister Kelly Anyadike.


Kimberly Anyadike hopes to become a cardiovascular Surgeon someday even after graduating from the University of California with a major in Psychological Science.


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