World’s first armless pilot in Honolulu for special event

Young people interested in aviation as a career, as well as school groups, Scouts, and families will want to attend Discover Your Future in Aviation at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Saturday, March 7 from 9:30am to 4:00pm.

This is the sixth year for this special aviation day, which features aircraft flyovers, remote control aircraft demonstrations, hands-on activities, career information, interactive science exhibits, and a scavenger hunt. Guests can climb into the cockpits of some of history’s greatest aircraft and take photos in authentic flight gear, as well as fly a WWII aircraft in one of the museum’s Combat Flight Simulators. Additional fee required for Combat Flight Simulators and guests must be seven years of age or older.

Participants may enter to win aviation prizes and Boy Scouts can fulfill requirements for merit badges.

In recognition of Women in Aviation month, the Museum will also feature the following guest speakers in the Theater:

  • 10  AM:  Jessica Cox, the world’s first licensed armless pilot.  Born without arms, Cox earned her pilot’s license in October 2008.  In addition to her pilot’s license, Cox also drives a car, plays the piano, and was also the first without arms to earn a black belt in Taekwondo.  (Book signing and meet and greet in the Hangar 37 Gallery at 10:45 AM.)
    Here’s a brief synopsis on her story:  Jessica was born without arms as a result of a birth defect, but never allowed that to be a factor in what she could do or achieve.  She earned a college degree, black belt in Taekwondo, drives a car with her feet, types with her toes, plays the piano, and in 2008, obtained her pilot license. Her pilot certificate earned her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and led to an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, and meetings with heads of state.  Jessica travels the U.S. as a motivational speaker and in March will debut her first book, “Disarm Your Limits!” at the Discover Your Future event at Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor.
  • 12  NOON: Rob Kelso, executive director for Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (Hilo, Hawaii) and former NASA Flight Director for the Space Shuttle program.  (Meet and greet in the Hangar 37 Gallery at 12:45 PM.
  • 2 PM:  Lt. Col. Karen Fuller Brannen, first female USMC F-18 pilot.  Lt. Col. Brannen made history on October 17, 1997, when she became the U.S. Marine Corps first female strike fighter pilot to earn “wings of gold.”  (Meet and greet in the Hangar 37 Gallery at 2:45 PM.)
  • Admission to Discover Your Future in Aviation is $6 per person pre-sale online and $10 per person at the door. The event is free with Museum general admission and free to Museum Members.  Download a free flight simulator coupon and purchase tickets online at  Board the free Ford Island shuttle from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

For more information, call 808-441-1007 or email

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