Jamaican National lands in Japan on historic solo round the world flight
Twenty-three year old Jamaican national Barrington Irving Jr. landed in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture on May 30, 2007 his quest to become the youngest person in history to make a solo flight around the world.
Mr. Irving was met on arrival by Jamaican nationals Ms. Venecia Williams and Mr. Mark Bromfield, as well as Ms. Aihara of the Friends of Jamaica in Nagakute. Mr. Irving later visited the Embassy and met with Ambassador Paul Robotham and staff. Mr. Irving was taken on a brief tour of Tokyo by the Ambassador.
Mr. Irving became fascinated with flying at the age of 15 years after a chance encounter with a Jamaican pilot Gary Robinson, a captain with United Airlines. He got his pilot’s licence at age 19years after attending flight lessons which was paid for by money he earned washing planes and doing odd jobs. He named his aircraft “Inspiration” to encourage young people around the world to aspire to attain their goals despite their age and financial status.
Mr. Irving departed from Hokkaido for the longest leg of his journey to Shemya, Alaska, crossing the North Pacific Ocean for a distance of 1530 nautical miles.
For information Mr. Irving’s globetrotting experience you may visit website: www.experienceaviation.org