Captain Tammie Jo Shults


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Tammie Jo was told ‘girls don’t fly’ before defying the odds to become one of the first female pilots in the US Navy, going on to save 148 lives when she landed a plane after an engine exploded cracking a window, and sucking one passenger half way out.

In this gripping conversation, Tammie Jo tells Annie about the many doors slammed in her face by the army and the navy and how with her dogged persistence and self belief, she eventually triumphed as a fighter pilot and went on to be a trailblazer for women in aviation in the US. We hear how she dealt with anxiety as a child and how she learnt to fight off bullies from a young age for her sister and how when she piloted Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 on that fateful day in April 2018, her childhood experiences helped her to remain calm in the face of panic all around her. Tammie tells Annie why, despite her experience that day, which sadly ended with one fatality, she is still in love with flying and how she now uses her flying skills to help people in need by volunteering for the nonprofit organisation, Angel Flight.

Tammie is a beacon of change! Such a calm and humble woman and this is a must-listen if you need to feel inspired!

You can buy a copy of her book here: Nerves Of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings, and Faced My Greatest Challenge

You can follow Tammie Jo on instagram and twitter @captainshults

Warning: This episode discusses in detail the events of part of a plane exploding mid flight and a passenger losing their life which could be sensitive for some listeners.

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