Isaiah Cooper is the 16-year-old from Compton, California who just went down in history as the youngest black person to fly solo over the continental United States.
Cooper started his journey on July 5th and ended it 13 days later. It wasn’t smooth the whole way either. In Wyoming, Isaiah had to making an emergency landing on a street in Cheyenne due to extreme winds.
The landing was perfect though and Isaiah continued on. He finally landed at the Compton-Woodley Airport. Cooper is planning a solo flight around the world when he turns 18. Matthew Guthmiller holds the Guinness World Record for youngest person to fly solo around the world at age 19 back in 2014. Isaiah went on to say:
“I began attending an aviation youth program in Compton at Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM) when I was 5 years old. But as I got older, I began hanging with the wrong crowd, doing seriously self-destructive things. Realizing that this was not how I wanted to live my life, I returned to TAM. My main goal is to become a productive young man with a future in aviation, and not a statistic.”
Good luck to you Isaiah, and if you’d like to donate to help fund his trip around the world feel free to head over to his GoFundMe page!