Tammie Jo Shults possessed an early interest in flying, but she faced various obstacles on her path to becoming a military pilot. Applying her lifelong trait of perseverance, she eventually became one of the first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots in the United States Navy. Her duties, before women were allowed into combat roles, encompassed teaching Out Of Control Flight as well as serving as a bogey/bandit against Top Gun students as well as other squadrons, ships or entire carrier groups.
After concluding her Navy career, she flew over Forrest fires one summer then became a pilot for Southwest Airlines. Tammie Jo's incredible history and talent 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 148 total lives including passengers and crew, as detailed in her National Best Seller book, Nerves of Steel.

Tammie Jo and her husband Dean live in Texas, and Dean also enjoys flying for Southwest Airlines. The couple has two adult children and are committed to living out their faith and serving in their community. They are active in their church and volunteer at a school focusing on at-risk youth. While Captain Shults retired from commercial flying in September 2020, she continues to dedicate herself to volunteer piloting and serves on various boards, including the first DOT Women’s In Aviation Advisory Board to the FAA, Pearl Harbor Aviation Board, Angel Flight South Central Board and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Board. In addition, she has received a number of aviation awards, the latest being inducted into the International Aviation Hall of Fame (fewer that 10 women inducted individually) as well as the Wings Club of New York’s Outstanding Aviator Award for 2022.

Captain Shults’ incredible and uplifting novel, Nerves of Steel, tells the story of her tireless pursuit of becoming a pilot and the challenges she faced along the way, including safely landing the severely crippled Southwest Airline Flight 1380. Through her experiences, Captain Shults teaches readers how to face challenges with grace, cultivate strong habits, and turn adversity into strength.
Captain Shults captivates audiences with her life story and the adversity she faced on her path to becoming a pilot. Through her fierce determination, Captain Shults demonstrates the building blocks necessary to lead and manage a crisis even under severe pressure. Through her insight, Captain Shults has motivated thousands of individuals to transform adversity into strength, and strength into the courage to take action.
Teaches “life lessons” (with a taste of aviation) weekly at a charter school for high risk kids, Oaks Academy, Boerne, TX.
In 2020, Captain Shults committed herself to joining a network of pilots dedicated to volunteering for the nonprofit organization, Angel Flight. The organization arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs. Captain Shults will serve among many other honorable pilots who donate their aircraft, piloting skills, and flying costs to help families in need. To learn more about Angel Flight or get involved, visit Angel Flight’s website at the link below.

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Captain Tammie Jo Shults

2022 Keynote Speaker
Captain Tammie Jo Shults

A former U.S. Navy F/A-18 pilot, Shults is best known as the captain who brought Southwest Flight 1380 in for a heroic emergency landing in April 2018.

2022 Emcee
Sean Giggy

Six-time Emmy award and three-time Edward R. Murrow award winning reporter for WFAA in Dallas, TX

Sean Giggy

The evening is sure to be memorable with a live and silent auction, entertainment, dinner, and dancing! Meet volunteer pilots and show your support for those in need by donating towards life-saving flights.

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6:30 PM   VIP Reception
7:00 PM   Dinner & Silent Auction
8:00 PM   Program Begins
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11:00 PM  The Grand Finale for the 2022 Gala!

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Captain Tammie Jo Shults is proud to be a part of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Master’s of Science Leadership course. Among other contributions, you can find a short leadership video recorded by Captain Shults in the course as well!

For more information, please visit the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University website.


Women are significantly underrepresented in aviation. Congress created the Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIAAB) to develop independent recommendations and strategies for the Federal Aviation Administration to encourage female students and women to pursue careers in aviation. Part of the Board’s task is to examine trends that directly or indirectly encourage or discourage women from pursuing aviation careers. To assist the Board in understanding industry trends, the Board seeks input about the industry and career opportunities from women who are not working in aviation. Your responses are greatly appreciated! Your responses will be anonymous. A summary of the de-identified, aggregated results will be shared with the WIAAB.

For questions, contact, Dr. Becky Lutte: Associate Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute, rlutte@unomaha.edu


Captain Shults was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame during a very special virtual gala on December 10, 2020. This distinguished honor was bestowed upon Captain Shults for her groundbreaking influence in aviation and her pioneering spirit. We congratulate Captain Shults for this incredible achievement! To read the full story, click on the link below.


Follow along with the Boerne Book & Arts Festival as Captain Shults leads a fascinating discussion with three authors, James Fenelon, James Hornfischer, and Alex Kershaw, who write on the subject of World War II.


We are proud to announce Captain Shults’ apointal as a member of the Women In Aviation Advisory Board! Women in Aviation seeks to develop and provide independent recommendations and strategies to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to explore opportunities for encouraging and supporting female students and aviators to pursue a career in aviation. Through the organization and its initiatives, Captain Shults hopes to inspire young women on their path to becoming aviators. She is honored to be aligned with this incredible organization and looks forward to forging new opportunities for young women, much like herself, who dreamed of a career in aviation. To learn more about Women in Aviation and their work, please click on the link below.


Nerves of Steel is the captivating true story of Tammie Jo Shults’ remarkable life—from growing up the daughter of humble ranchers, 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.



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August 12, 2022


Denver, CO

August 13, 2022

AFSC Gala – Frontiers of Flight Museum

Dallas, TX

August 23, 2022

KC IT Conference

Overland Park, KS

September 12 – 14, 2022

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association – Communicating for Safety Conference

Houston, TX

October 24, 2022

Epic Aircraft

Bend, OR

October 26, 2022

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Daytona Beach, FL

November 11, 2022

Olathe Community Prayer Breakfast

Olathe, KS

November 12, 2022

Phil Waldrep Evangelistic Association

Hapeville, GA

June 15, 2023

Pilatus Owners & Pilots Association Conference

Austin, TX


  • Zonta Club – Amelia Earhart Luncheon, Weatherford, TX
  • Flight Safety Summit
  • MMOPA Convention, Nashville, TN
  • National Assistance League Keynote
  • Museum of the Bible, Washington, D.C.
  • Evangel University, Laguna Niguel Ritz Carlton, Dana Point, CA
  • Texas Woman’s University, Jane Nelson School of Leadership, Denton, TX
  • IAWA Conference, Charleston, SC
  • International Air Space Hall of Fame, San Diego, CA
  • 4word’s 7th Annual Gala, Dallas, TX
  • Patriot Military Family Foundation Bag Lady Luncheon, Charlotte, NC
  • Institute of Ethical Leadership – Southern Adventist Church, Denver, CO
  • Wings Club Annual Meeting – The Yale Club, New York, NY
  • Mercy St. Louis Hospital, Springfield, MO
  • Gulfstream, Savannah, GA
  • Samaritan’s Purse