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16-year-old pilot flying high to deliver crucial supplies into Virginia

16-year-old T.J. Kim flies much-needed personal protective equipment into Newport News International Airport on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
16-year-old T.J. Kim flies much-needed personal protective equipment into Newport News International Airport on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
16-year-old T.J. Kim flies much-needed personal protective equipment into Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
16-year-old T.J. Kim flies much-needed personal protective equipment into Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
16-year-old T.J. Kim flies much-needed personal protective equipment into Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
16-year-old T.J. Kim flies much-needed personal protective equipment into Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
16-year-old T.J. Kim flies much-needed personal protective equipment into Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
16-year-old T.J. Kim flies much-needed personal protective equipment into Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
Posted at 8:10 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 20:10:26-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – He's only 16 years old, but this pilot is making a difference during the coronavirus pandemic.

T.J. Kim has made it his goal to deliver essential supplies to those who need it -- by air. He's been delivering gloves, face shields, hand sanitizer, masks - you name it, he's got it covered.

News 3 spoke to him Sunday as he flew into the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.

“I was able to find ways to use flight training to come down and create opportunities to help. Without sports, I found other ways to apply my talents,” T.J. told us.

The PPE he delivered Sunday included the following:

  • 2,000 Nitrile exam gloves
  • 500 Tronex latex textured exam gloves
  • 200 medical head covers
  • 200 surgical masks
  • 110 respirator masks
  • 20 hand sanitizers
  • 15 isolation gowns
  • 6 plastic protective eyewear
  • 6 safety face shields

He flew into Newport News International on a Cessna 172 Skyhawk with flight instructor Bobby Chahal.

Related: Virginia Beach-based company tests drone delivery of critical care items

So far, T.J has delivered more than 3,000 supplies to hospitals across the Commonwealth.

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