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Publisher Description

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

Tammie Jo Shults has spent her entire life loving the skies. Though the odds were against her, she became one of the few female fighter pilots in the Navy. In 1994, after serving her country honorably for eight years, Tammie Jo left the Navy and joined Southwest Airlines in the early 1990’s. 

On April 17, 2018, Tammie Jo was called to service once again. Twenty minutes into a routine domestic flight, Captain Shults was faced with the unthinkable—a catastrophic engine failure in the Boeing 737 caused an explosion that severed hydraulic and fuel lines, tearing away sections of the plane, puncturing a window, and taking a woman’s life. Captain Shults and her first officer, Darren Ellisor, struggled to stabilize the aircraft.

Drawing deeply from her well of experience, Tammie Jo was able to wrestle the severely damaged 737 safely to the ground. Not originally scheduled for that flight, there is no doubt God had prepared her and placed her right where she needed to be that day.

Biographies & Memoirs
October 8
Thomas Nelson

Customer Reviews

BelieverInChrist ,


Has forever made a lifelong impact in my personal walk with Jesus. Wow. She’s just one of a kind.

ejanne2 ,

Far More Than I Expected

A beautiful story that goes well beyond a description of an aircraft mishap and aptly serves as a tale of an American life well-lived while overcoming its inherent and continual trials and tribulations. Tammie Jo describes her strong reliance on family, friends, faith and mentors who emerged along the way to persevere in the face of adversity and persistent bullying while navigating her way through what had typically been a male dominated career field. She maneuvered her way through it all while keeping her core values, hopes and dreams alive. The book is a treasure trove of good advice, positive examples and inspirational quotes. Excellent read!

stevenmsal ,

All Around Inspiring

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. I had the pleasure of meeting Tammie Jo Shults at an airshow in Oshkosh, WI just a couple of weeks before my airplane accident in a Cessna 172. At the time, I admired her for the calm demeanor and professionalism she demonstrated when the Southwest Airline Boeing 737’s left engine exploded during the flight she was the captain of.
I now admire her for even more than that after reading her book “Nerves of Steel”. I admire the relationship she has with the Lord, her relationships in her personal life with her family, as well as the way she bonds with members of her flight crew.

Tammie Jo’s story of courageousness has motivated me to get back into the airplane and follow my dream of becoming an airline pilot.

Let her story teach you to never lose hope. Trust in the loving Lord and you can achieve whatever it is that you believe. You may/will encounter other people (or situations) that don’t agree with you or treat you fairly, but just like Tammie Jo’s mom told her, take it to the Lord and pray for them. He’ll handle the rest!

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