Nerves of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings, and Faced My Greatest Challenge

Nerves of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings, and Faced My Greatest Challenge

Nerves of Steel  is the captivating true story of Tammie Jo Shults’s remarkable life—from growing up the daughter of a humble rancher, to breaking through gender barriers as one of the Navy’s first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots, to safely landing the severely crippled Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 and helping save the lives of 148 people.Tammie Jo Shults has spent her entire...

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Title:Nerves of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings, and Faced My Greatest Challenge
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  • Jason R. Cone

    A beautiful, exciting and gripping personal story about an American life well lived. The heroism and leadership displayed by Captain Shults during Flight 1380 is only a small part of this powerful story. I strongly recommend it!

  • Suzanna Sedenszki

    I loved this book. As a woman, who also experienced bootcamp like training, and working in a male dominant field, I could certainly relate to Captain Tammie Jo's experience. I truly appreciate the fact that she acknowledges God's help, grace, and blessings on her life in the book. Uplifting, and encouraging. Highly recommend it!

  • Val Milborn

    I loved this book. The step by step development of her talents and focus while allowing God to guide her showed me that while we may not understand the whys and where’s, God does and He prepares us like He has promised He would.

  • Jean

    This is a fabulous story of a ranch girl from New Mexico. She broke barriers to become one of the Navy’s first women R/A-18 Hornet pilots to being the Captain of Southwest Airline’s flight 1380. Shults worked as a pilot fighting fires before going to work for Southwest Airlines.

    The book is extremely well written. Shults tells of her early life, her battles to become a pilot to saving 148 lives on flight 1380. The story tells about a person who is talented, smart, competent and well t

    This is a fabulous story of a ranch girl from New Mexico. She broke barriers to become one of the Navy’s first women R/A-18 Hornet pilots to being the Captain of Southwest Airline’s flight 1380. Shults worked as a pilot fighting fires before going to work for Southwest Airlines.

    The book is extremely well written. Shults tells of her early life, her battles to become a pilot to saving 148 lives on flight 1380. The story tells about a person who is talented, smart, competent and well trained. I like reading books about people who break barriers. I highly recommend this book.

    I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is eight hours and twenty-seven minutes. Captain Shults does a good job narrating her own book.

  • Lorraine

    Wow! This book had me laughing, crying, at times mad & frustrated for her! I couldn't put it down. She's an incredible woman whom I hope to meet one day!

  • joy dayton

    I am a coworker of Tammie Jo. I have flown with her as a flight attendant since she was a new first officer at Southwest Airlines. She has always been an exemplary coworker and most of us never even knew of any of her past accomplishments as she does not brag on herself at all. She has always been someone I enjoy flying with. I was lucky enough to fly with Tammie Jo on her first flight back after flight 1380 and she handled herself with extreme poise and professionalism

    I am a coworker of Tammie Jo. I have flown with her as a flight attendant since she was a new first officer at Southwest Airlines. She has always been an exemplary coworker and most of us never even knew of any of her past accomplishments as she does not brag on herself at all. She has always been someone I enjoy flying with. I was lucky enough to fly with Tammie Jo on her first flight back after flight 1380 and she handled herself with extreme poise and professionalism on that flight as well. This is a great book and I will recommend to all. So proud to have Tammie Jo on the SWA team. Thanks for making us proud!

  • Erin Miller

    I am grateful that Tammie Jo has appeared in my network and I have been able to chat with her. This book reflects well her life experiences leading up to the aviation incident which prompted news outlets to highlight her prowess in landing a damaged aircraft, skills developed over many years of personal and career challenges, and she seems to encourage the reader to believe that we can all overcome the various and diverse challenges we each encounter along our journey in life.

  • Karen Anderson

    Disappointed and a bit surprised about the BS she received from the SWA pilots.

    It is a bit heavy on the religion but that's Capt Shults' life.

    Not quite linear in the story telling

    Stay away from LGA.

  • Angie

    If you, like me (a) don't believe in God or (b) don't associate LITERALLY EVERYTHING with "God's will" this book is likely to grate on you.

    I'm a female aviation geek who RELISHES stories of women in aviation. I downloaded the audiobook expecting to get a detailed insight into the flight in question, but instead it was a lot of "Heavenly Father" talk and aviation terminology that I imagine went over most people's heads... that is, after I skipped ahead about 8 chapters. A weird mix. Take a minut

    If you, like me (a) don't believe in God or (b) don't associate LITERALLY EVERYTHING with "God's will" this book is likely to grate on you.

    I'm a female aviation geek who RELISHES stories of women in aviation. I downloaded the audiobook expecting to get a detailed insight into the flight in question, but instead it was a lot of "Heavenly Father" talk and aviation terminology that I imagine went over most people's heads... that is, after I skipped ahead about 8 chapters. A weird mix. Take a minute to explain what an aileron is; we can do without all the breathless, cloying sermons.

    There's also a lot of virtue signaling about things like eating organic, living beneath one's means and a retelling of the ENTIRE FLIGHT CREW basically having a Bible study before the consequential flight after they discovered how holy they all were.

    Compared to thanking God a thousand times over, shout-outs to ATC, ground crew, etc are basically non-existent. Not holy enough, I suppose.

    I also thought the person reading the book out loud was overly dramatic. Seriously - why "gild the lily" when you're narrating an impending aviation catastrophe?

  • Elyse

    I wanted to read it until this line in the synopsis: "there is no doubt God had prepared her and placed her right where she needed to be that day." Ugh. No.

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