Sharon Preszler: [00:00:00] When I was a little, little kid, I was a four years old on my first airplane ride. And we got to go up front in the cockpit, you know, cause you could kind of do that back then. It was totally dark, no moon over the Atlantic ocean. There is like a billion stars in the sky. And I went back and told my mom, I wanted to be a stewardess and my mom to her credit, she left me, “Honey, you might want to think about being a pilot,” and there you go. That’s what I wanted to do from then on
Adam Grant: [00:00:28] Sharon Preszler has flown lots of different kinds of airplanes since then, including fighter jets. She was the first woman in the U S air force to fly the F-16.
Sharon: [00:00:38] It’s always just been the coolest looking airplane, that bubble canopy and the big engine inlet. [00:00:42] It has the highest G tolerance, which is nine times the force of gravity on the earth, which is significant. It can do anything.
Adam: [00:00:51] Sharon’s had an extraordinary career spanning more than three decades, but recently after 14 years as a pilot with Southwest airlines, she hit a particularly bad [00:01:00] patch of turbulence. Her whole industry did.
PICK UP THE SIX · #72: Col. Sharon Preszler, Fighter Pilot Pioneer It was a twist of fate backed by a ton of hard work and determination. That’s the story of Sharon Preszler, the first woman to fly the F-16, and to take that Air Force fighter jet into combat. She’s a...
Sharon discusses her concept of “Debriefing your life” based on well known “debriefs” of fighter pilots where pilots sit and review their hours & hours of flying to learn and improve their craft.