7 Years Old Uganda Boy Becomes the Youngest Pilot In The Word

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  • 7-year-old Graham Shema has already flown three times on a Cessna 172
  • The young boy said his dream is to be a pilot and an astronaut, and travel to Mars
  • His interest in flying was sparked when a low-flying helicopter blew off the roof of his grandmother’s house, while he was playing outside.

A 7-year-old Ugandan boy, nicknamed ‘Captain’, who has already flown Cessna three times and whose role model is Elon Musk has become a sensation in his country for his aviation skills.

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The young boy has already flown as a trainee three times on a Cessna 172.

A lover of math and science, he says his dream is to be a pilot and an astronaut, and someday travel to Mars.

He said: ‘I like Elon Musk because I want to learn with him about space, to go with him in space and also to get a handshake.’

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He has been interviewed on local television and even been invited for meetings by Germany’s ambassador and the country’s transport minister.

Graham’s passion about flying was triggered when a police helicopter flew so low to the ground that it blew off the roof of his grandmother’s house. 

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The incident took place on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital Kampala while he was playing outside and according to his mother Shamim Mwanaisha, 29, a travel agent, it ‘triggered something in his mind.’  

She said it was then when her son started bombarding her with questions about how planes work – up until she contacted a local aviation academy and he began lessons at home on aircraft parts and aviation vocabulary.

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Five months later Graham was thrilled to start flying lessons.’I felt like a bird flying up,’ he said of his first flight.

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Since then he flew three times as co-pilot and during the pandemic he has been focusing on aviation theory, and immersing himself in videos about aviation and space exploration on his virtual reality viewer.


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