Monrovia – Abner Yonly, a Liberia-born American, is on the verge of achieving a trailblazing milestone in aviation in the United States of America. Abner is set to become the first African American pilot to successfully complete a solo flight in a single-engine aircraft from Maryland, USA, to Liberia.
By J.H. Webster Clayeh (0886729972)[email protected]
“Hi everyone, I am currently living my lifelong dream of flying across the North Atlantic into Europe and then to Africa. It’s even crazier because it’s being done during winter, as a single pilot, single engine with no autopilot. I have no sponsorship, and this trip is becoming more expensive with each leg. I have created a GoFundMe with a link in my bio for you to please help make this dream a reality. I have been flying and haven’t had the time to post videos,” he posted on his Facebook page on November 5, 2023.
After leaving Maryland in the USA, Abner made his way to the United Kingdom and navigated through a remarkable journey that took him through Canada, Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.
He later made his next stop in Spain before touching down in Morocco, his first point of contact on the African continent. After landing in Morocco, Yonly wrote again on his Facebook page on November 19, 2023.
“I landed in Morocco, got out of the plane, and extended my hand for a handshake but got hugs from everyone who came to meet me at the plane,” Yonly posted.
From Morocco, Yonly will continue his voyage to Senegal and ultimately make his way home to his native Liberia.
After becoming aware of Yonly’s adventure, many Liberians expressed emotions and shared stories about Abner, highlighting his unwavering determination and indomitable spirit to undertake such an eye-catching endeavor.
“As Abner progresses on this remarkable journey, I urge all of us to rally behind him with words of encouragement. This is a feat that most of us wouldn’t even dare to imagine undertaking. Yonly, you have become a true inspiration to countless individuals. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to his wife, Munah, for supporting him in embarking on this extraordinary adventure. Stay safe, Abner, until you touch down in Liberia. Your entire nation stands behind you in awe and anticipation,” a Liberian posted on social media.