In 2007 Barrington Irving set a Guinness World record by becoming the youngest person to fly solo around the world. He was 23 years old. Pretty impressive, I must say. But actually building your own plane from donated parts? Well that's a whole other category of awesome! Even after putting his mark on the world, he continues to reach back and provide opportunities for others who have an interest in aviation. He founded Experience Aviation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering minority youth to pursue careers in aviation. Check out Parts 1 and 2 of his story:
Experience Aviation's focus is not only on building airplanes - they have also built super cars.
Scholastic Action Magazine has a free 4-page lesson study featuring Barrington Irving. You can access it here.