Jessica Cox: became the first pilot with no arms, proving you don’t need ‘wings’ to fly

Jessica Cox suffered a rare birth defect and was
 born without any arms. None of the prenatal tests
 her mother took showed there was anything wrong
with her. And yet she was born with this rare
 congenital disease, but also with a great spirit.
 The psychology graduate can write, type, drive
a car, brush her hair and talk on her phone
simply using her feet.  Ms Cox, from Tuscon,
Arizona, USA, is also a former dancer and double
 black belt in Tai Kwon-Do. She has a
no-restrictions driving license, she flies planes
 and she can type 25 words a minute.
The plane she is flying is called an Ercoupe
and it is one of the few airplanes to be made
 and certified without pedals. Without rudder
 pedals Jessica is free to use her feet as
hands. She took three years instead of the
usual six months to complete her lightweight
aircraft licence, had three flying instructors
 and practiced 89 hours of flying,
 becoming the first pilot with no arms

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Written by arun_pandit


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