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Guinness World Records 2012 Hardcover – September 13, 2011

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Q&A with Barrington Irving

Barrington Irving is the Guinness World Record holder for "Youngest Person to Fly Solo Around the World."

Barrington Irving

How did you come up with the idea of flying solo across the world?

I wanted to inspire other kids to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace so I thought this might be an amazing feat that would inspire them.

How do you feel about achieving a Guinness World Record?

Awesome, unreal, humbled, and inspired to accomplish even greater feats. Records are made to be broken. I’m just glad I have two records, and one of them--being the first black pilot to circle the world--no one will be able to ever break because I was the first.

What is your earliest memory of Guinness World Records?

I remember as a kid that I could never afford to purchase the Guinness records books, but every time I went shopping with my mom, I would read through the Guinness book, wondering what amazing talent I might have myself. Little did I know someday my own name would appear there!

Who do you consider to be your inspiration for this achievement?

My inspiration was my Jamaican parents for working so hard when they came to the U.S. and providing me an opportunity to receive an education. In addition, my mentor Capt. Gary Robinson inspired me to fly and Fabio Alexander, my first donor, was the first person to believe in my record-setting flight.

Can you share with us any moments that were scary or dramatic? Did you have a time that you thought you wouldn’t make it?

When I began this historic venture, I immediately realized why the youngest person before me was in his 30’s. The skills, patience, timing, training, and decisions I made at 23 helped me to survive. I almost died encountering a sandstorm at 17,000 feet over Saudi Arabia; crossing the North Atlantic on a 12.5-hour flight; encountering a monsoon over Vietnam (when I dropped my airplane from 20,000 feet to 9,200 ft., almost colliding into a mountain); and crossing the Bering Sea, when my aircraft was heavily covered with ice and I landed with only 12 minutes of fuel remaining on an island only one mile long!

Inversely, when did you realize that you were going to make it around the globe?

I never really felt comfortable until I reached Alaska and I saw US cable TV. (laughs)

How did you keep yourself alert and focused during the flight?

Eating sunflower seeds, drinking energy drinks, and relying on my own sheer will. Tricking myself mentally is what kept me focused. I took off my watch and said to myself: "No more will I worry about the time, I determine time now."

What happened to your plane once your trip was finished?

I’ve used it to fly 600 kids around the U.S.

What did your family and friends think of your expedition?

Crazy, daring, perplexed, scared... now they are glad to know I’m a Guinness World Record Holder!

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to provide a teaching experience like no other from a flying classroom, 40,000 feet in the air, helping kids explore math and science.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: Guinness World Records
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Guinness World Records (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781904994671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904994671
  • ASIN: 1904994679
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert W. Smith VINE VOICE on November 10, 2011
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i've been an enthusiast of the guiness book of world records since i was VERY young. i used to spend countless hours perusing the annual records books - memorizing often useless details. it turned out that, over the decades, many of those details have been useful, especially at parties and social gatherings. several times the information has been useful in academic settings. imagine how thrilled i was when my children both expressed an interest in the guiness book of world records. the format changed some years ago - it's much easier to read, page through, perhaps it has a few less records but it has bigger, brighter, and more photogenic images that grab the attention of kids! year after year, it's not significantly different. most of us can go 2-3 years without a new volume. the quality of the information, images, and the books itself is outstanding. this book, this year, is my effort to encourage my son to read a bit more. i give everything a grade, and i believe that this merits a solid "A". i believe that the guiness book of world records is excellent in detail and quality, and ought to be considered essential to public libraries, school libraries, and homes of individuals with an interest in "trivia".
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When I was growing up most people considered the Guinness Book of World Records as a reference book. If that's what you are looking for, look elsewhere. This book is intended as entertainment. It is colorful, picture-filled and fun to read. My 9-year-old son absolutely loves this series and has collected all the previous editions going back to 2004.
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I have been buying the Guinness Book Of Records for several years and I have found it is always well organized and displayed. That is until now, the book seems to be difficult to find the tallest man, the fattest woman, the longest bridge. Sure, I found it in the end but I wish the old format would return.
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Well, here it is. The 2012 version of the Guinness Book of Records. Much of this is silly and baroque. Still, so much fun!

The very first record in this volume? The largest object lifted by helium balloons (in this case, a house). The last? The most layered bed-of nails sandwich (difficult to explain, but a little different!).

In between are myriad records, many of which are of little moment (such as most wins of the mashed potato wrestling championships). Others: Greatest distance pushing a mini scooter; Most times climbing to Mount Everest's summit; First wedding conducted by a robot; Busiest railroad station; Most expensive bridge; Longest running children's magazine; Longest serving TV host; Most wins in a WNBA season.

So, are you interested in world records of a particular sort? Then this book will be enjoyable reading for you.
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My children enjoyed reading the book (young teenager and under 11). It has nice picture and is more of a coffee table book than a dictionary style book that I remembered. I'm not sure if there is another book out there that is more Webster Thesaurus style with indexed records and paperback size, but would like one if it exists.

It also seemed like there were a lot of 'World Records" missing in this version. again, its a rather large book with lots of pictures, but lacking the informational substance or number of records that I'm sure are out there and not listed in this book.

Pretty book, but disappointing - style over substance.

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Great book, great binding. It's the same thing that you've come to expect from GWB of Records. I usually get a new one every few years. A lot of this info is available on the internet but when I have people over at my house, they almost always pick it up and take a look at it. It really is a great conversational book/coffee table book and you won't be disappointed.
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By HBH on October 25, 2012
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I went to a friends house who had an old one of these when they first came out. now it's filled with the stupidest stuff. who cares which jersey shore slept with the most people? ok it's not really a record on the list but waste of money.
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I haven't read the Guinness Record Book since the 70's - when it was a 700 page paperback. The content is still interesting but I'm still getting used to the format. I like it but not sure if I prefer this over the old books.
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