Jonathan Strickland

Jonathan Strickland

Meet African-American Jonathan Strickland, a 21-year-old pilot from Compton, California who has been flying since he was 8-years-old.

Jonathan Strickland
Jonathan Strickland

On June 29nd, 2006, during a trip from Compton to Canada at age 14, he became the youngest black pilot to solo an airplane and a helicopter on the same day, the youngest black pilot to fly a helicopter internationally and the youngest black pilot to fly a helicopter on an international round-trip.

He set a record at 16 when he became the youngest person to solo a helicopter and airplane on the same day, as well as the youngest African-American to solo a helicopter, fly a helicopter round-trip internationally and solo six airplanes and one helicopter in the same day.

Total World Records – 6

  • Youngest person to solo both a helicopter and airplane on the same day
  • Youngest African-American to solo a helicopter
  • Youngest African-American to fly a helicopter round-trip internationally
  • Youngest African American to solo six airplanes and one helicopter in the same day

In 2012 he graduated with a BA in Aviation Business Administration and went on to complete an around the world flight in 2013 a the age of 21.

Source: Jonathan Strickland Website

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