The Woman Who Landed That Southwest Flight Is A Total Badass And Here's Everything You Should Know About Her
Captain Tammie Jo Shults was among the first female fighter pilots for the U.S. Navy.
In case you hadn't heard, Captain Tammie Jo Shults landed Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 on Tuesday after one of the plane's engines failed — which pretty much makes her A) a hero and B) one badass pilot.
Here are 16 more facts about Shults that will probably make you say, "Damn. What a queen."
3. And one of Shults's classmates told the Kansas City Star that she was the first woman to fly an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft for the Navy.
6. In her senior year of high school, in 1979, Shults attended a lecture on aviation — the retired colonel teaching the class asked Shults if she was "lost..."
Because she was the only girl in attendance.
7. ...to which she replied that she was not and that she was interested in flying.
Shults recalled, in Military Fly Moms, "He allowed me to stay but assured me there were no professional women pilots."
8. The Air Force apparently "wasn't interested" in her, but the Navy let her apply for aviation officer candidate school.
9. She attended aviation officer candidate school in Pensacola, FL.
“Within two months, I was getting my hair buzzed off and doing pushups."
13. After their Navy careers, they decided to try civilian flying together.
Shults said, "When our squadron tours ended, Dean and I decided to get out of the Navy. We wanted to try our hands at civilian flying and start a family. So, in 1993, I left the Navy, and the following year Dean left active duty as well. We both joined Southwest Airlines — Dean works a full-time schedule, and I typically fly eight to ten days a month. We try to fly the same days so that we are all home together."