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Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaican-born pilot Barrington Irving is an inspiration to Jamaica and the world. She says his success in building an aircraft from scratch and completing the journey around the world, sometimes in very treacherous conditions shows his perseverance and indomitable Jamaican spirit.
The Prime Minister spoke to the 23-year old by telephone today, shortly after his aircraft touched down in Miami after his record setting around the world flight. She told him that all Jamaicans were proud of him and thanked God for keeping him safe on the journey.
Mr. Irving says he is anxious to visit Jamaica and the Prime Minister told him that she was looking forward to leading Jamaicans in welcoming him back home.
Minister of Tourism Aloun Assamba represented the Government and People of Jamaica at the Opa-locka Executive Airport in Florida where Mr. Irving’s single engine plane landed today. She was among a large group of flag waving Jamaicans and press who were on hand to witness the historic event.
Irving has set the record for being the youngest and first black person to fly solo around the world. His 21,000 mile trip included stops in Spain, Italy, Greece and Japan. The aerospace student who built his aircraft from donated parts began his journey on March 23. He says the most difficult part of the trip was the weather and keeping his mind occupied on long flights.

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