16-year-old pilot achieves record-setting flight

Posted at 7:38 AM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 07:39:23-04

(KNBC/NBC) - A young pilot landed a spot in the record books after landing his plane in Southern California on Monday.

Isaiah Cooper, 16, is now the youngest African-American pilot to fly 8,000 miles across the country.

The accomplishment should earn him a Guinness World Record.

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Cooper has already set his sights on another goal -- to become the youngest African-American pilot to fly solo around the world.

He says he wants to do that after he turns 18, but for now he's basking in Monday's success.

Fresh off his achievement, he offered some inspirational thoughts for others.

"Just stay focused.  There's a lot of people that will try to detract you from the road that you're on.  There's a higher power that's always there trying to have you focused. Whatever you want to do, you can do it. Just put your mind to it and make sure that you have a positive mind and friends and family that will support you,” said Cooper.

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