Soaring Above The Eagles -KIMBERLY ANYADIKE
Soaring Above the Eagles.
There still are many young people who are responsible, gifted, talented, productive determined, unwavering, and goal oriented. We want to encourage this generation to push through regardless of the economic challenges our nation is facing or any personal obstacles they encounter and continue to pursue and reach towards whatever their goal is! Isaiah 40 tells us that “we can soar on wings like eagles” Kimberly actually soared above the eagles. Determination is a wonderful motivator. Here is one inspiring youth that did just that!
I had never even heard of Kimberly Anyadike, but I got excited when I heard what she had accomplished. Kimberly did not let her age, color nor financial situation deter her from reaching a noteworthy goal. Kimberly has persevered against all odds! Kimberly did not do this for the celebrity status she said “I wanted to inspire other kids…”
“15-year-old Kimberly Anyadike finished a historical record-breaking flight across the country, becoming what is believed to be the youngest African-American female to pilot an airplane from coast to coast.” She went from Compton, California to New Newport , VA and back. Accompanied with an adult safety pilot and a (87) eighty-seven year old World War II veteran, who actually flew with the Tuskegee Airman. They both were there to cheer her on and make sure she made the long journey safely. Kimberly goal was also to honor the many Tuskegee Airmen she met along the way.
Kimberly acquired her flight skills to navigate both an airplane and a helicopter from: Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum in Compton. Founder Robin Petgrave is an experienced, accomplished master pilot . Robin has many accomplishments, he has a wonderful relationship and rapport with the children. He is so gifted at his craft that he can actually land a helicopter on a “dime.” It is here Kimberly learned to soar and participated in an after-school program that offers flight lessons to many underprivileged children and at risk children.
They have a fantastic unbelievable program here! They offer positive alternatives to drugs, violence, gangs, and destructive behaviors. The children, youth and young adults learn and acquire a multiplicity of engineering , flight and business skills throughout the program as well. They have children of all Colors from all walks of life! Many others are learning to soar, they have capable licensed pilots as young as (11) eleven years old. Here they are learning , lives are being changed and they are making a difference!
Their goal is to change communities and help children one at a time. They provide children a place off the streets. At the Tomorrow Aeronautical Museum they are known as “Aviation Angels.” Here Kimberly was motivated, she also learned that the Tuskegee Airmen were told that they did not have the necessary intelligence or skill set to become Airmen. But history tells us otherwise. Their pictures are pasted throughout the museum. Kimberly says “They left such a great legacy,” she said. “I had big shoes to fill. All they wanted to do was to be patriots for this country. They were told no, that they were stupid, that they didn’t have cognitive development to fly planes. They didn’t listen. They just did what they wanted to do.”
Kimberly made many people proud of her. She represents a growing crowd of determined youth! It pays not to listen when you know that your goal is to be fruitful, productive and the outcome will be beneficial to many. The Tuskegee Airmen efforts made many years ago helped to encourage Kimberly as well as is continuing to encourage many others. During her amazing trek across the country Kimberly also made (13) stops . Those stops were to meet many of the Tuskegee Airmen who are still alive! There are a growing number of children that are gifted, talented, responsible and determined. Kimberly Anyadike is certainly one. We salute you Kimberly keep up the good work! You are inspiring and a wonderful role model for us all. You certainly are a true “Aviation Angel!”