First Disabled African-American Woman Earns Pilot’s License

The Grio published an incredible story about yet another “first” in the black community. This is a story about the first disabled black female to receive a pilot’s license. The pilot, 29-year-old Leslie Irby had a love for aviation since childhood.

At 16, she participated in the program Aviation Career Enrichment, which exposes black kids to aviation. It was through the ACE that Irby flew her first plane. One would assume a tragic accident paralyzing Irby at the age of 23 would stop her, but she persevered and joined Able Flight, a program helping the disabled experience training in a cockpit.

Look up the word resilience. Leslie Irby is the very definition. Read more about her on the Grio