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Hangout With Aviation Pioneer Barrington Irving

Barrington flies (and lives) after piloting a plane built by 60 inner-city students as part of his youth mentorship program. Photo by Jon Ross.

Born in Jamaica and raised in inner-city Miami, Emerging Explorer Barrington Irving was surrounded by less than perfect conditions for success: crime, poverty, and failing schools. Despite a rough start, in 2007 he became the youngest person and only African American ever to fly solo around the world in a plane he built himself.

He then graduated magna cum laude from an aeronautical science program, and founded the dynamic educational nonprofit, Experience Aviation, all before the ripe age of 28.

Now 29, Barrington never stopped inspiring youth to pursue aviation and recently guided 60 inner-city kids to build an airplane from scratch – which he then piloted.

Tune in this Tuesday, April 9, 12:00PM ET (1600 GMT) to Hangout with Barrington as part of the Google Science Fair series where he’ll demystify the “The Science of Flying” and talk about his upcoming project to create a “classroom in the sky.”

Can’t wait till then and want to know more? Watch Barrington’s NG Live! lecture from National Geographic’s 2012 Explorers Symposium: