Jessica Cox, World's First Licensed Armless Pilot
Jessica Cox is the world's first licensed armless pilot. She was born without arms as a result of a rare birth defect, but that has not stopped her from living her life to the fullest.
Jessica Cox flew for the first time in 2004 in a single-engine airplane via Wright Flight. She needed four planes built without rudder pedals, three certified flight instructors and 89 hours of flight training in three different states, to achieve her dream.
She managed to earn her pilot's certificate on October 10, 2008, after three years of training. She’s qualified to fly light sports aircraft that can fly up to 10,000 feet.
Since I was born without arms, I became fascinated by the limitless ways the human body can adjust to a variety of circumstances. I utilized dormant physical traits to adapt and use my feet the way people use their hands. As I learned to conquer physical barriers, I developed mental skills that allowed me to go on to achieve the seemingly impossible in my own, unique way. - Jessica Cox
Today Jessica travels around the world as a motivational speaker, using her own life as an example of what one can achieve if one wants it enough. She has travelled to more than 20 countries to share her message.