Isaiah Cooper Becomes the Youngest Black Pilot To Fly Across America
Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum is proud to announce its most recent record breaking student's accomplishment. On July 18th, 2016, sixteen year old Isaiah Cooper became the youngest African American to pilot an airplane around the continental United States. He flew from Compton to Maine, to Washington, to Florida and back to Compton, California. Isaiah joins seven previous record holding TAM students who now combine to hold fifteen world records.
The story did not start here however. Isaiah began attending TAM's afterschool program at five years old, but as he got older, he began hanging with the wrong crowd, doing seriously self-destructive things. Realizing that this was not how he wanted to live his life, he returned to TAM. Refocusing his efforts on school and flight training, Isaiah raised his GPA from 0.8 to over 3.0.
Isaiah, fueled by the inspiration TAM provides, now sets his sights on an even more difficult record. He is determined to break the Guinness World Record for being the youngest person to fly solo around the Earth. Using his most recent flight as a test run, his training and wherewithal were tested. Encountering unexpected hazardous weather in Wyoming, Isaiah flawlessly executed emergency procedures in response to what pilots call a microburst. With the help of his flight instructor, they dodged schools, a construction site, and other businesses, landing the plane on a nearby street with no injuries or property damage. Encouraged by his mentor, Robin Petgrave, and reassured by the dispatch of a replacement aircraft from TAM, Isaiah completed his flight. Isaiah and other TAM graduates inspire youth nationwide that anything is achievable.