Nigerian Pilot is First African to Embark on Solo Flight Around the World

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Over one-hundred and forty pilots have flown around the world to achieve a world record in flight, but this does not include any pilot from Africa.

In response, the Nigerian government has launched a project to feature one of its pilots in a three week solo flight around the globe with a single engine aircraft.

The aircraft which has the total fuel endurance of a little over 17 hours before refilling is expected to be used by pilot, Ademola Odunjinrin and his trip starts in Lagos, April 26, 2016. The project is set to cost 100 million dollars.

According to Odunjinrin while briefing the press at terminal two (MMA2) of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, he said this has been a long time dream that Nigeria has been longing for as an achievement. He said that the aircraft set for the trip is called SR22 with the registration number N313CD.

Odunjinrin expressed his joy over his soon to be made record saying that his motivation is to inspire the youth and also affect the history of Africa as a continent. The project manager of marketing and public relations; Ireti Bakare Yusuf, also addressed the press and said that the rest of the team will make adequate efforts to publicize the project while the pilot is away for physical and mental training.