Teen Pilot Makes Aviation History

Sunday, Jul 12, 2009  |  Updated 1:20 PM EDT
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Teen Pilot Ready for Historic Flight

Kimberly Anyadike, 15, smiles before taking flight.

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Teen Pilot Ready for Historic Flight

A 15-year-old pilot sets off across the country.
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COMPTON, Calif.  — A 15-year-old Los Angeles girl has become the youngest African-American female pilot to fly solo cross country.

Kimberly Anyadike landed a single-engine Cessna to cheering crowds at Compton Woodley Airport on Saturday.

She took off from Compton 13 days ago with an adult safety pilot and Levi Thornhill, an 87-year-old who served with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. They flew to Newport News, Va., making about a dozen stops along the way.

Anyadike learned to fly when she was 12 at Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum, an after-school program that offers aviation lessons to at-risk youth.

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