MIAMI, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The youngest person to fly solo around the world has set another record by building a single-engine plane in 10 weeks alongside Florida high school students.
Barrington Irving, who became the youngest person to fly solo around the world at the age of 23 last year and the first black man to achieve the feat, said the 60 Miami Norland High and Miami Carol City High students in his Build & Soar program transformed rivets and sheet metal into a working plane in record time, WPLG-TV, Miami, Fla., reported Thursday.
Irving said it typically takes professionals more than a year to construct a single engine plane.
He took the plane into the skies Wednesday, flying around Opa-Locka Airport to show off the fruits of the students' labors, the television station reported.
Ruschay Levy, a 10th grader who worked on the plane, said the process was often difficult and frustrating.
"Some wanted to give up," Levy told WPLG. "You know, when you have a plane being built by 13- to 18-year-olds, it's nerve-wracking."