World's first armless pilot speaks at Pacific Aviation Museum

World's first armless pilot speaks at Pacific Aviation Museum

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The world's first armless pilot paid a visit to the Pacific Aviation Museum in Honolulu.

In 1983, Jessica Cox was born without arms due to a rare birth defect. 25 years later, Cox earned her pilot's license.

Cox's traveled to Oahu to help celebrate Women in Aviation Month. She was one of the keynote speakers at the "Discover Your Future in Aviation" event.

Cox made an inspiring speech, encouraging those in attendance to follow their dreams despite any challenging circumstances they may face in life.

"Don't say you can't do it cause then you limit yourself and if you put limitations on what you can do, then you're setting yourself up for failure." said Cox

Cox's amazing feats of perseverance aren't just limited to the air, the 32-year-old is also an accomplished martial artist. She is the first armless black belt in the American Taekwondo Association; she currently has two.

What some may view as a handicap, Cox uses as motivation to keep achieving new goals. In addition to her self-defense and flying, Cox has learned to drive a car and play the piano by using only her feet.

Surprising her captive audience, the seemingly unshakable Cox admitted she was originally afraid of flying. Overcoming this fear and finally manning the cockpit gave Cox a sense of freedom she has sought for a very long time.

"I feel truly empowered, free, and independence is something I've seeked my entire life. It's the ultimate form of independence." Cox said.

Cox was not the only renowned female pilot in attendance, Lieutenant Colonal Karen Brannen was also on hand.

In 1997, Brannen, a Kailua resident, became the U.S. Marine Corps' first female fighter pilot to earn "wings of gold".

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