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Classic Aero-TV: Able Flight’s Leslie Irby-Air Is Only Place Free of Prejudice

From 2019 (YouTube Version): Able Flight Welcomes New Pilots At AirVenture After seven weeks of intensive flight training and ground school, seven 2019 Able Flight scholarship recipients are now licensed pilots. Six trained at Purdue University and one at The Ohio State University, and they were honored at Able Flight’s annual Wings Pinning Ceremony at EAA AirVenture 2019. Among them is Leslie Irby, who lives in Georgia and was paralyzed in an auto accident in 2013. She told Aero-News that was inspired to learn to fly after learning the story of Bessie Coleman, who was the first woman of African-American descent, and the first of Native American descent, to hold a pilot license. Coleman achieved her international pilot license in 1921.

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