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“Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”

– Langston Hughes

October 2022 was a very exciting and monumental moment in Malone history.

Captain Barrington Irving, Flying Classroom & Malone Center team, along side local aviation professionals flew into Duncan Aviation to facilitate an immersive STEM+ (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for the students who are a part of our afterschool program.

What makes this such a historical moment for Malone is not only was it a celebration of the on-going partnership with Flying Classroom, Malone, and Duncan Aviation’s commitment to STEM+ but it was the first introduction of Captain Barrington Irving.

Who is Captain Barrington Irving?

Captain Barrington Irving is a renowned pilot, educator, explorer, and community leader. He is the Guinness World Record holder for being the youngest person and first African American pilot to fly solo around the world at age 23. He is also the founder of the flying classroom, which allows students to experience the world of STEM+.

Captain Barrington Irving is not only a record setter and history maker, but a role model for our youth, showing them that anything is possible. Proving the world is open to their dreams and success, aligning perfectly with our vision to create unity and prosperity throughout Lincoln while honoring our African American heritage.

Celebrating the New Year Adventure

In recognition of this milestone, we had an event hosted by Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Nebraska facility. This event was to highlight and celebrate the on-going partnership with Flying Classroom, Malone, and Duncan Aviation’s commitment to STEM+ education. This event also launched a yearlong program whose primary focus is to begin building interest in aviation and STEM+.

““As we do the work to eliminate multigenerational poverty in Lincoln, we start with our youth. Showing them the many ways to be successful is just one way. Introducing the flying classroom program is showing them just one way they can reach the stars.”

– John Goodwin