At this year’s Spirit of Women Spring Event, “Flying Through Life,” Tammie Jo Shults will share her incredible journey from becoming one of the first female F/A-18 pilots to safely landing a Boeing 737 after an engine exploded at high altitude last year.  

The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center.

 Shults had an early interest in flying, but she faced various obstacles on her path to becoming a military pilot because of her gender. She persevered to become one of the first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots in the United States Navy. After concluding her Navy career, she became a pilot for Southwest Airlines. She received wide acclaim on April 17, 2018, when she successfully landed a Southwest Boeing 737 after an engine exploded at high altitude, causing multiple system failures and a rapid depressurization. The successful landing of Flight 1380 in Philadelphia saved the 148 people on board.

 Spirit of Women will also use this time to announce the winners of the 2019 Spirit in Action Awards, honoring Pine Belt residents for their work in making their community a healthier, safer and more inspirational place to live. Nominations for this year are still being accepted and are open to both men and women, ages 35 and older. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, March 15. For a full list of guidelines and nomination forms, visit

 Tickets go on sale Monday, March 4 at 9 a.m. Ticket prices are $45 for Spirit of Women members and $55 for non-members. To purchase tickets, visit or call Spirit of Women at 601-288-4968 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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