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SoCal teen flies plane across country

June 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A teenage girl from Southern California began an ambitious flight across the United States on Monday. Kimberly Anyadike, 15, took off from Compton in a single-engine red-tail Cessna. She will fly to Newport News, Virginia and back. She is believed to be the youngest African-American female to pilot an airplane from coast to coast.

Anyadike's flight is a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, the black combat pilots of World War II. She is being accompanied by a safety pilot, and Tuskegee Airman, Levi Thornhill. The airplane is named after Thornhill.

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