There is no age limit to make your dreams come true! No matter how big or small, you are the master of your destiny! When it comes to changing the faces of pilots, 17-year-old high school student Christopher Ballinger does it. Thanks to an Air Force JROTC Flight Academy program, he is among the youngest black pilots in the country.
Corresponding fox 5, Chris confirmed that he is licensed to fly any single engine land plane, which is the first step on the way to becoming a pilot. Christopher attended an eight-week Flight Academy program at Walla Walla University in Washington State. According to the university’s website, they offer three aviation degree options. In the program, students learn how to fly, operate safely and interact in the world of professional aviation.
In addition, students will sit behind the controls and learn first-hand about the challenges and benefits of aircraft operation. Christopher, a budding senior at Sidwell Friends School, has a bright future ahead of him. The teenager plans to apply to the Air Force Academy after graduation. He gave some advice to younger students interested in following in his footsteps and said to be open to any opportunities that might arise!
Black people in the airline industry have been all the news lately. As we previously reported, an American Airlines flight recently made history while celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license. For the first time in the airline’s 96-year history, everyone involved, from the ramp to the gate, the cockpit and the cabin, were all black women!
Speaking about her aunt’s legacy, Bessie Coleman’s great-niece, Gigi Coleman, explained, “My great-aunt got her license two years before Amelia Earhart. She wasn’t in the history books. Nobody knew about her.”
Well, everyone knows Bessie now!
Roommates never stop dreaming and reaching for the stars!
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