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L.A. teenager who flew single-engine plane across the country lands in Compton
Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | July 12, 2009 | My-Thuan Tran

Posted on 07/12/2009 10:56:26 AM PDT by thecodont

A 15-year-old Los Angeles girl who navigated a single-engine Cessna through thunderstorms in Texas and took in breathtaking aerial views of Arizona's sunsets landed her plane to cheering crowds at Compton Woodley Airport on Saturday. She is believed to be the youngest African American female pilot to fly solo across the country.

Kimberly Anyadike 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 a plane and helicopter when she was 12 with the Compton-based Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum, which offers aviation lessons to at-risk youth and economically disadvantaged students through an after-school program. The organization owns the small plane Anyadike flew.

Anyadike said she loved the feeling of streaking across the sky. She told her mother that it was like a wild ride at Magic Mountain.

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TOPICS: History; Hobbies; Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: aviation; cessna; youth
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A cheerful story with a happy ending. Good for the young lady.
1 posted on 07/12/2009 10:56:26 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: onedoug

ping


2 posted on 07/12/2009 11:00:24 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (The black man is keeping me down!)
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To: thecodont

Yep, I find it very interesting that a person can get a pilots license at 12 years of age(at least that was used to be the cutoff age) but must be 16 to get a drivers license and, in some states, drive with an adult until they are 18. I will never lodge a protest however because the dems response would be to raise the age requirement for Pilots! They always get it backwards.


3 posted on 07/12/2009 11:00:31 AM PDT by calex59
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To: thecodont

If I had a plane and I was in Compton I would get the hell out of Compton.


4 posted on 07/12/2009 11:02:07 AM PDT by exist
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To: thecodont

Uhhh, “solo” means “1”, as in “alone”!

She is believed to be the youngest African American female pilot to fly solo across the country.

Then the writer writes,

Kimberly Anyadike took off from Compton 13 days ago with an adult safety pilot and Levi Thornhill, an 87-year-old...

Amazing that the writer went to collage to become a journalist.

PS. you have to be 16 to get your pilots license.


6 posted on 07/12/2009 11:06:04 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules ("We live in an amazing, amazing world, and it's wasted on the crappiest generation of spoiled idiots)
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To: thecodont

Congratulations to the young lady! But how I detest divisive terms like “African American!” Maybe we should all run around distinguishing ourselves by our heritage, in which case I’d be an English-Irish-Scots-Welsh-German-Cherokee American instead of simply an American.

The multiculturalists have worked hard over the past 30 or so years to turn Americans against each other. They have nearly succeeded in reversing the meaning of e pluribus unum (from the many, one). And we all know the age-old military maxim: Divide and conquer.


7 posted on 07/12/2009 11:06:38 AM PDT by Bernard Marx ("Civilizations die by suicide, not from murder" Toynbee)
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To: calex59

You must be 16 to get a pilots license.


8 posted on 07/12/2009 11:07:07 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules ("We live in an amazing, amazing world, and it's wasted on the crappiest generation of spoiled idiots)
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To: thecodont

Congratulations to the young pilot.


9 posted on 07/12/2009 11:07:17 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: thecodont

“They were told no, that they were stupid, that they didn’t have cognitive development to fly planes. They didn’t listen. They just did what they wanted to do.”

Only 15 and she is already in the I-hate-whitey mode.


10 posted on 07/12/2009 11:08:10 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: exist

LMAO !


11 posted on 07/12/2009 11:08:50 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: exist

Actually, the area right around that airport has some nice houses.


12 posted on 07/12/2009 11:11:58 AM PDT by BenLurkin ("A new Dark Ages made all the more terrible and prolonged by the sinister powers of science.")
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Federal Aviation Regulation 61.103 states that you must be 17 to obtain a private pilot certificate. You may solo at 16.


13 posted on 07/12/2009 11:12:04 AM PDT by CFIIIMEIATP737
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To: Bernard Marx

Does this mean she is 1/2 American because the other 1/2 is African?


14 posted on 07/12/2009 11:14:39 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: thecodont

Didn’t a young gal try this a few years ago and died in a plane crash doing it.

At the time i thought rules were being changed so it would not be done again.


15 posted on 07/12/2009 11:16:35 AM PDT by mouser
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Journalists are at the pinnacle of their intelligence....


16 posted on 07/12/2009 11:19:12 AM PDT by Anti-Kenyan
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To: US_MilitaryRules
Yes, really strange. I remember my first “solo” in a Cessna and then later with the Navy. I distinctly recall waving goodbye to my flight instructors!!!
17 posted on 07/12/2009 11:24:40 AM PDT by lowbuck (The Blue Card (American passport): Don't leave home without it!!)
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To: mouser

“Didn’t a young gal try this a few years ago and died in a plane crash doing it.”

That is correct. I forget her age. 9 years or there about?

According the autopsies, at the time the plane got into trouble (bad weather?), the pilot flying with her was at the controls as evidenced by the way the bones were broken.

That was an awful thing they had this child do which ended in her death.


18 posted on 07/12/2009 11:25:49 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
Doesn't sound to me like she's “in the I-hate-whitey” mode. Sounds to me like she has an accurate picture of the US Air Corps at the time.
19 posted on 07/12/2009 11:25:56 AM PDT by stormer
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

“Does this mean she is 1/2 American because the other 1/2 is African”

I doubt that the aircraft, weather, terrain, or ATC system cared one whit about which half she was. Hopefully, she doesn’t either.

In the end, it’s about the pilot, not the complexion.


20 posted on 07/12/2009 11:26:15 AM PDT by Habibi (We gladly feast on those that would subdue us. Not just pretty words...........)
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To: Bernard Marx

Bingo your #7.
Standing O for the pilot, but only after we carve out the hate whitey tone of the article.

What happened to our “melting pot”? (rhetorical question /)


21 posted on 07/12/2009 11:27:25 AM PDT by frog in a pot (It's a myth, folks. The frog will jump out and he will be pi$$ed. Ever had big warts?)
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To: mouser

You are referring to Jessica Dubroff. She crashed in a thunderstorm, taking off from a high elevation airport in a plane at or over it’s max gross take-off weight. A recipe for disaster.

These young ladies are not the pilot in command. They might be manipulating the controls, but they are not in charge of the aircraft.


22 posted on 07/12/2009 11:28:30 AM PDT by CFIIIMEIATP737
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To: mouser

“At the time i thought rules were being changed so it would not be done again.”

I don’t think any rules were changed. If you’re inexperienced, nieve, lacking in judgement, or stupid you’re more likely to die. That’s always been true.

The air doesn’t care. It doesn’t issue you a handicap based on your color or age.


23 posted on 07/12/2009 11:31:44 AM PDT by Habibi (We gladly feast on those that would subdue us. Not just pretty words...........)
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To: thecodont

This is a sweet story, but as time goes on we will start to see “She is believed to be the youngest African American female with three toes and four fingers and a birthmark on her right cheek in the shape of a rectangle pilot to fly solo across the country.”

I mean good grief. She did a really awesome thing! No need to go into all her ‘handicaps’ as to why this is even better.

Just my opinion.


24 posted on 07/12/2009 11:37:51 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Ok, license yes. I realize my mistake. However I believe you can fly with a pilot at age 12. Correct or not? :)


25 posted on 07/12/2009 11:47:13 AM PDT by calex59
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Still a good story even if the reporter screwed it up. We need more young people looking to do something constructive with their lives.


26 posted on 07/12/2009 11:49:34 AM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: CFIIIMEIATP737

Does anymore remember the shameless stunt years ago when a father arranged a series of cross country flights for her very young daughter Near the end, it ended in disaster.


27 posted on 07/12/2009 11:50:34 AM PDT by ak267
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To: exist

> If I had a plane and I was in Compton I would get the hell out of Compton.

I live in L.A. and Compton is mostly warehouse spaces that serve the logistics companies close to the LAX.

HOWEVER...get the F out before 8 pm.


28 posted on 07/12/2009 11:52:48 AM PDT by max americana
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To: exist

Yeah I was wondering why they chose to land at Compton, until I read the plane took off from Compton.


29 posted on 07/12/2009 11:53:44 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: max americana

The whole LA basin is a bad place for light aircraft and private pilots. Heck, it ain’t so great for Boeings and ATPs.


30 posted on 07/12/2009 11:55:51 AM PDT by Habibi (We gladly feast on those that would subdue us. Not just pretty words...........)
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“Doesn’t sound to me like she’s “in the I-hate-whitey” mode.”

I gave that some serious thought too. That was an ugly time in history, and we were in an awful war. Maybe I was turned off again by the hyphened designation. Except for us whities, everybody else has a hyphenated designation. No one seems to be an American anymore. Everyone is a half foreigner.

I keep thinking of Lee Greenwood’s song and lyrics: God Bless the U.S.A. Proud to be an American

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.


31 posted on 07/12/2009 11:59:28 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: mouser

Correction. She was 7 years old.


32 posted on 07/12/2009 12:02:43 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Habibi

That’s why the light-plane pilots I know of prefer to operate out of Palmdale.


33 posted on 07/12/2009 12:06:52 PM PDT by max americana
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“But how I detest divisive terms like “African American

Do you remember the following story?...Every time I think about it I laugh myself sick again and again.

Several years ago a man from Africa came to the U.S. and became a U.S. citizen.

He referred to himself as an African-American, which I hope he still does.

Many blacks got on him like white on rice.

Why? Because he was white and not black. Apparently that term is reserved only for blacks, and no one else has the authority to use it.


34 posted on 07/12/2009 12:23:12 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: thecodont
She is believed to be the youngest African American female pilot to fly solo across the country.

Uh. It's not "solo" if you have a safety pilot.

ML/NJ

35 posted on 07/12/2009 12:27:12 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: CFIIIMEIATP737

Thank you. I had forgotten her name but I think about that girl often. I remember before the crash the actual pilot that was with her would report on how well super girl was doing and flying for hours and hours. I wondered if she dozed off for a while or needed his help with anything, would he report that, too? I know she was smart and able to even set off on such a venture but still I wonder what really happens.


36 posted on 07/12/2009 12:27:12 PM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: US_MilitaryRules

That is what I was thinking. She did not not fly solo. But still, quite an accomplishment. Congratulations to her.


37 posted on 07/12/2009 12:35:33 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: thecodont

Kimberly Anyadike is greeted after landing at Compton Woodley Airport on Saturday. She is believed to be the youngest African American female to complete the flight across the country.

38 posted on 07/12/2009 12:38:00 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: exist
If I had a plane and I was in Compton I would get the hell out of Compton.

I am a pilot and aircraft owner and I would never fly anywhere near Compton...:o)

39 posted on 07/12/2009 12:38:25 PM PDT by Niteflyr ("Just because something is free doesn't mean it's good for you".)
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To: US_MilitaryRules
Absolutely correct.

“Safety observer” is a pilot and who knows who was doing what, when and at what time, making judgement calls, etc, during the flight.

This IS NO DIFFERENT than some guy flying cross-country and taking his 15-yr old son along and then claiming 'well, my son did all the flying," and he could very well have done. It is judgment and air sense that makes a pilot, not going along on a ride. This event is made for media (at risk female minority) but in fact, it is nothing.

40 posted on 07/12/2009 12:39:36 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: ml/nj
Uh. It's not "solo" if you have a safety pilot.

yep but who cares about the facts...:o)

41 posted on 07/12/2009 12:39:42 PM PDT by Niteflyr ("Just because something is free doesn't mean it's good for you".)
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To: Hulka
This IS NO DIFFERENT than some guy flying cross-country and taking his 15-yr old son along and then claiming 'well, my son did all the flying,"

That is exactly all it is...but if it's a minority they can lie their asses off and get away with it....

42 posted on 07/12/2009 12:41:38 PM PDT by Niteflyr ("Just because something is free doesn't mean it's good for you".)
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To: thecodont

A war hero mentoring a 15 year old with ambitions. God bless them both.


43 posted on 07/12/2009 12:41:43 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (This tagline excerpted. To read more, click on MyOverratedBlog.com)
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To: Hulka

You think if a 15 year old white male did this you think it’d make the headlines? I think not....


44 posted on 07/12/2009 12:43:55 PM PDT by Niteflyr ("Just because something is free doesn't mean it's good for you".)
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Why? Because he was white and not black. Apparently that term is reserved only for blacks, and no one else has the authority to use it.

White guy I once knew came here from South Africa. Told me he applied to a predominately Black college and put on his application that he was African-American.

He said they "were not amused."

45 posted on 07/12/2009 12:44:28 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (ABC-AP-MSNBC-All Obama, All the time.)
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To: Larry Lucido
A war hero mentoring a 15 year old with ambitions. God bless them both.

I have no problem with mentoring...but "solo" means all by your lonesome...not with a war vet safety pilot....

46 posted on 07/12/2009 12:45:37 PM PDT by Niteflyr ("Just because something is free doesn't mean it's good for you".)
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To: VeniVidiVici
White guy I once knew came here from South Africa. Told me he applied to a predominately Black college and put on his application that he was African-American. He said they "were not amused."

Hey at least he was telling the truth!

47 posted on 07/12/2009 12:47:53 PM PDT by Niteflyr ("Just because something is free doesn't mean it's good for you".)
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To: calex59

Quote “To: US_MilitaryRules

Ok, license yes. I realize my mistake. However I believe you can fly with a pilot at age 12. Correct or not? :)

25 posted on Sunday, July 12, 2009 1:47:13 PM by calex59”

Haven’t read all the rules in awhile. Used to be:
Take lessons and “LOG” hours at 14, you can take lessons earlier, they just didn’t count toward your license
Solo at 16 (then you can go any where your instructor signs off on)
Private license at 17
Commercial at 18


48 posted on 07/12/2009 12:48:19 PM PDT by stickandrudder (Another Bitter-Clinger --------------- Molon Labe)
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To: Niteflyr
I think the "war-vet" was along for the ride. He was not the "safety pilot," which means pilot-in-command.

ML/NJ

49 posted on 07/12/2009 12:49:25 PM PDT by ml/nj
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I think the "war-vet" was along for the ride. He was not the "safety pilot," which means pilot-in-command.

Sorry...the article states he WAS the safety pilot...

50 posted on 07/12/2009 12:51:17 PM PDT by Niteflyr ("Just because something is free doesn't mean it's good for you".)
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