Jessica Cox: Woman born without arms becomes first licensed pilot

Jessica Cox: Woman born without arms becomes first licensed pilot

- Jessica Cox, a graduate of psychology from University of Arizona, has become the first licensed pilot without arms

- Born with a rare genetic defect, she does most things with her feet, and has achieved other feats like having a black belt in taekwondo

- Jessica also participated in the 40-mile category of El Tour de Tuscon and wrote an autobiographical book titled Disarm Your Limits

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Impossible is nothing and could even be an inspiration. Jessica Cox’s story is one of that. Despite the fact that she was born without arms due to her rare genetic defect, she has never allowed that to stop her from living a life in full.

She is a black belt holder in taekwondo and does other activities like a person with both arms would. She also plays the piano, as well as scuba diving. At the top of her extraordinariness is that she is the first licensed pilot without arms.

Jessica said many always sees her not having arms as a limiting factor, but that she is here to prove them all wrong.

Her husband said if he were to describe her in three words, it would be “kind, positive and unstoppable”. Jessica’s journey to becoming a pilot started when a fighter-jet pilot approached her and asked if she would want to become one.

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Jessica got her license on October 10, 2008, after she had trained for three years and seen fit to be able to fly light-sport aircraft to 10,000 feet.

Her can-do spirit had always been an obvious part of her as she finished the 40-mile part of El Tour de Tuscon, and in 2015 authored a self-help book, Disarm Your Limits, an autobiographical account of her life that inspires.

It should be noted that she graduated from the University of Arizona in 2005 with a degree in psychology with a minor in communications.

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