Kimberly Anyadike piloted a plane cross-country with a Tuskegee Airman.
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She says: "I truly look up to the Tuskegee Airmen, in that they didn't let anything stop them. They were told they didn't have the cognitive ability to fly planes, and they got the planes and flew them like nobody's business."
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Kimberly has logged more than 180 hours in the air and holds the world record as the youngest African-American girl ever to pilot a plane cross-country. When she set the record in 2009, at her side was Maj. Levi Thornhill, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, whose exploits are chronicled in the hit movie Red Tails . "We stopped at all the Tuskegee Air Force bases along the way, and at each stop I was greeted by Airmen" who congratulated her and cheered her on, the high school senior says. "It was really cool. Such an honor." Kimberly hopes to fly around the world one day, not necessarily as a pilot but as a doctor, treating patients in disaster and war zones while working with Doctors Without Borders.