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Flying solo

Added on by Monica Herndon.

In this week's edition of "Assignments that make Monica emotional," meet Wyatt, a 16-year old kid from Tampa who just completed his first solo flight. Yes, in an airplane. It was absolutely adorable watching his mom react every stage of the way. She nearly pulled him out of the plane once he landed, she was so proud! 

 Wyatt gathers his things in the plane before his solo flight. 

Wyatt gathers his things in the plane before his solo flight. 

 Wyatt McDowell, 16, of Tampa, closed the passenger window before he took off on his first solo flight in a Cessna 172 on Saturday January 3rd, 2015 from Peter O. Knight Airport at Davis Islands in Tampa. McDowell is a sophomore at Plant High School, and only recently turned 16, on December 22nd. As of Saturday he still had his learner's permit and had flown a plane by himself before he'd ever driven a car alone. 

Wyatt McDowell, 16, of Tampa, closed the passenger window before he took off on his first solo flight in a Cessna 172 on Saturday January 3rd, 2015 from Peter O. Knight Airport at Davis Islands in Tampa. McDowell is a sophomore at Plant High School, and only recently turned 16, on December 22nd. As of Saturday he still had his learner's permit and had flown a plane by himself before he'd ever driven a car alone. 

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 Wyatt's mom Lydia McDowell practically pulled him out of the plane after he successfully completed his solo flight. 

Wyatt's mom Lydia McDowell practically pulled him out of the plane after he successfully completed his solo flight. 

 (left to right) Addy McDowell, 8, and Todd McDowell watch as Wyatt McDowell, 16, has his shirt cut by flight instructor Miguel A. Perez Albarran, 24, after Wyatt took his first solo flight in a Cessna 172 on Saturday January 3rd, 2015 from Peter O. Knight Airport at Davis Islands in Tampa.

(left to right) Addy McDowell, 8, and Todd McDowell watch as Wyatt McDowell, 16, has his shirt cut by flight instructor Miguel A. Perez Albarran, 24, after Wyatt took his first solo flight in a Cessna 172 on Saturday January 3rd, 2015 from Peter O. Knight Airport at Davis Islands in Tampa.