Nerves of Steel captures the amazing true story of Tammie Jo Shults's remarkable life. She grew up the daughter of a humble rancher, then broke through gender barriers to become one of the Navy's first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots, to safely land the severely damaged Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 and helping to save 148 lives.
Tammie Jo Shults spent her career loving the skies. With the odds stacked against her, she became one of the few female fighter pilots in the Navy. In 1994, after honorable serving her country for eight years, Tammie Jo left the Navy to join Southwest Airlines.
On April 17, 2018, Tammie Jo was once again called to service. Twenty minutes into a routine domestic flight, Captain Shults faced the unthinkable, a catastrophic engine failure in the Being 737 sparked an explosion that punctured hydraulic lines and severed fuel lines, tearing away sections oft he plane, puncturing a window, and taking a woman's life. Captain Shults, along with her first officer, Darren Ellisor, struggled to stabilize the aircraft.
Tammie Jo searched through her wealth of experience as she wrestled the severely damaged 737 safely to the ground. Not originally scheduled for that flight, there is no doubt God had prepared her and positioned her right where she needed to be that fateful day.