Discover the amazing story of pilot Tammie Jo Shults, now adapted for young readers! Tammie Jo worked hard, had faith, stayed true to herself, and overcame the obstacles on her journey to become a navy pilot. Years later, those lessons came to the rescue when she was put in the right place at the right time to safely land a damaged plane and save 148 lives.
Tammie Jo Shults grew up with a desire to be a pilot. She worked diligently, though she encountered several obstacles and challenges along the way. Doing the next right thing kep her spirit alive as she persevered to find her special calling to serve God and the work around her.
Tammie Jo followed the path she was on into the navy, where she became one of the first women to fly the F/A-18 Hornet. Her specialized training left her with skills honed to a razor's edge. After 8 years, she left the military, flew for the forest service in California to fight fires, then went on to work for Southwest Airlines flying Boeing 737s.
On the morning of April 17, 2018, Tammie Jo wasn't even scheduled for flight 1380. She and her husband, Dean, who also happened to be a Southwest pilot, trated trips so she could attend their son's track meet. Then the unthinkable happened. A catastrophic engine failure in her Boeing 737 sparked an explosion that severed hydraulic and fuel lines, tore away sections of the plane, punctured a window, and took a woman’s life. In the midst of the emergency, Tammie Jo remained calm. She wrestled the injured plane safely to the ground, and in doing so, saved several lives. God prepared her and placed her right where she needed to be that day.
Nerves of Steel (Young Readers Edition) is for all young readers who work hard to chase their dreams and are excited for the adventure ahead.