Young female pilots honored for new records

August 17, 2009 3:48:30 PM PDT
The state legislature honored two young women Monday for their accomplishments as aviators.

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Earlier this summer, 15-year-old Kimberly Anyadike became the youngest African-American female to fly a plane across the United States and back. Her older sister Kelly in 2008 became the youngest African-American female to fly four different fixed-wing aircraft on the same day.

A member of the pioneering Tuskegee Airmen joined both sisters at the state capitol.

"I'm really excited we received the proclamation. That's extremely amazing. Everything I did is nothing to compare with what the Tuskeege Airmen did," Kimberly said.

Both sisters learned to fly as part of a program near Los Angeles that teaches low-income teens about aviation careers.

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