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See the 16-year old Pilot who doesn’t even have her driver’s license yet but gets certificate



Sydney-Marie Flowers, a Cleveland resident and 16-year-old, is already on track to earn her private pilot license this year.

She doesn’t even yet have her driver’s license, but she already has her student pilot certificate.

She was selected to participate in a U.S. aviation camp after attending a local aviation program where she was named the top student.

national camp sponsored by the Air Force in Tuskegee, Alabama. Out of every student in the nation, only 20 are chosen.

“I just felt that it was a real accomplishment for me, and also a privilege to step on the same field the Tuskegee airman stepped on,” Flowers told WKYC.

Most recently, she embarked on her first solo flight in the historic field in Tuskegee.

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She admitted that the training was hard and she encountered challenges on her last landing, but she still nailed it.

“I am extremely proud of my daughter. She made goals and she’s pretty much aced every goal,” said her mother, Marie-Lynn Ogletree.

Flowers will join a small group of Black women pilots, wherein only 4.4% of airline transport pilots are women and only 2.7% are Black, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.


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