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Irene Leverton sits on the wing of a Vultee BT-13 Valiant in her younger years. (Courtesy Photo)

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Death of an aviation pioneer

Irene Leverton flew at a time when women weren’t welcome in the pilot’s seat

Irene was inducted into the Women in Aviation Hall of Fame in 1966 and the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004, but even those accolades seem inadequate to honor the strides she made toward allowing women to fly.