Armless pilot Jessica Cox proved her disability was no barrier to finding true love with husband, Patrick. Five years ago the inspirational 32-year-old became the first female to fly a plane with her feet.
And she also became the first armless black belt in the American Tae Kwon Do Association. But closer to home Jessica shows how she has adapted to life without arms – thanks to her fierce independence.
As a little girl she did gymnastics and tap dance, as an adult she learned to scuba dive and became a licensed pilot.
Jessica Cox flew in a single engine airplane for the first time via Wright Flight in 2005. After three years of training, Cox earned her pilot’s certificate on October 10, 2008, and is qualified to fly a light-sport aircraft at altitudes of 10,000 feet.
Cox, who is now a motivational speaker, was born without arms due to a rare, yet non-genetic birth defect, yet she didn’t let it affect how she lived her life.
She received her flight training through an Able Flight scholarship and soloed under the instruction of Parrish Traweek.
Her story is really inspiring. In spite of being limbless, she is still able to fight for her life; and to continue her dreams.