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Jet Girl

My Life in War, Peace, and the Cockpit of the Navy's Most Lethal Aircraft, the F/A-18 Super Hornet
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"Fans of military biographies and memoirs will enjoy this inside look at the experiences of a determined woman in the cockpit." (Booklist)

A fresh, unique insider’s view of what it’s like to be a woman aviator in today’s US Navy - from pedicures to parachutes.

Caroline Johnson was an unlikely aviator candidate. A tall blonde debutante from Colorado, she could have just as easily gone into fashion or filmmaking, and yet she went on to become an F/A-18 Super Hornet Weapons System Operator. She was one of the first women to fly a combat mission over Iraq since 2011, and she was the first woman to drop bombs on ISIS.

Jet Girl tells the remarkable story of the women fighting at the forefront in a military system that allows them to reach the highest peaks and yet is in many respects still a fraternity. Johnson offers an insider’s view on the fascinating, thrilling, dangerous, and, at times, glamorous world of being a naval aviator.

This is a coming-of age story about a young college-aged girl who draws strength from a tight-knit group of friends, called the Jet Girls, and struggles with all the ordinary problems of life: love, work, catty housewives, father figures, make-up, wardrobe, not to mention being put into harm’s way daily with terrorist groups such as ISIS and world powers such as Russia and Iran.

Some of the most memorable parts of the audiobook are about real life in training, in the air and in combat - how do you deal with having to pee in a cockpit the size of a bumper car going 900 miles an hour?

Not just a memoir, this audiobook also aims to change the conversation and to inspire and attract the next generation of men and women who are tempted to explore a life of adventure and service.

©2019 Caroline Johnson (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Great for aviation and military fans.

Gives an insight into day to day naval aviation life. The reader feels like they are in the cockpit, and some of the poorer experiences may be too familiar for some. Thanks for sharing your story Caroline.

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  • Mildred B. Gowen
  • 15-11-2019

Why was this book not called # me too navy flyer

The book was just o.k. Until she put many of the squadron members under the bus with admitting that she had an affair with a married member of the Navy. How many guys are getting the stink eye by admitting “her” mistake . Every married man in her squadron has been ask many times “ was that you?!” If the Navy had found out about that relationships before she left they would have tossed her out with no benefits. Behavior unbecoming of a Naval Officer She wanted to be one of the first women to fly in a jet as a wso knowing full well that it is hard road she went down, but even the men have high standards they had to meet but you don’t here them crying about being picked on. I think she set the Navy back 50 years with women on boats, she will be held up as the main reason and the sexual tension. And assaults that take place on those ships. The book wad ruined by the last three chapters and I am sure all Navy wives will give her more stink eyes form this day forward I hope she does well in life but leave your dirty panties in the washing machine Being a male who was sexual abused does understand women who experienced those acts

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  • PH SAINT
  • 07-08-2020

Amazing story

While parts of the story were devastating and infuriating it was an amazing story and very interesting insight into the military. Caroline holding herself to high standards and always pushing the envelop was incredibly inspiring and motivating to continue the fight for equality for women and minorities. Highly recommend, I can’t wait to share it with my nieces someday.

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  • sailorgirl12
  • 04-12-2019

Wow, what a ride!

As a lover of the tv show JAG, I have always wanted to know more about the military experience of women and the life of fighter jet pilots and this book checked both boxes! I really cannot fathom all that Caroline Johnson has accomplished already in life but it makes me supremely proud to live in a country where all of that is possible. Thank you Caroline for your service and for sharing your story, the good and the bad, with the rest of us.

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  • Eve
  • 07-02-2020

self-destruction; empaths beware

Looked forward to reading this as a female aviator myself. Found her story to be helpful and insightful in some aspects. However, saw many avenues when she could have taken the high road or gone a little deeper. Left unchecked, consequences inevitability would occur, or things blow up in her face. Just a whiplash of a book to read, honestly. Would have liked to see a self-development story, but it sounds like she was on survival-mode for most of her career. Saw patterns of self-destruction and how that got worse in later military life. That was hard to read. Sorry if you read this, Caroline. Not meant to offend, but just was dragged down for most of this book and really didn’t feel like I walked away better because of it. Hopefully you got something out of writing it, though.

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  • Kenneth Riley
  • 27-09-2020

FEMALES AT WAR

It was a very interesting book. What I found most disturbing was that the ladies were more than capable to fly and die if necessary, It was the abuse that they had take to fit into the "Old Boy Network." I guess you could say that to fit in, you had to take the abuse of being a second place citizen to die for your country. This I found to this be Crazy!!! I must applaud the ladies that had the "where with all" to "hang in there " and still do the job. It is my estimation that there has to be people that are willing to take the abuse so that others can make females in the cockpit something that is accepted as a everyday thing. It is not the color of the skin, the gender or lineage that makes one a reality... Just the ability so see past the obvious and continue to SOLDIER ON FOR A HIGHER PURPOSE.... God Bells these people and others like tham.

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  • Beth Cappon
  • 02-08-2020

Loved it

I loved learning about the life of an American female jet pilot! Amazing and exciting!

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  • Melissa
  • 01-07-2020

Inspiring and hopeful

I was floored and inspired by Caroline’s experience. Her love for the Navy and for flying jets is contagious, and I never thought I would say that about the military. I imagined myself in her position and knew that I couldn’t have competed at the level she was at with the kind of stress and rigor it requires. I am the CEO of a marketing agency that I built from nothing and I thrive on competition. My congratulations to everyone who works that hard with such focus and drive. If you are reading the reviews on this audio book trying to decide whether or not to purchase, consider the one star reviews a testament to the the change Caroline is starting to shake up. Her reviews are rarely in the middle, this kind of polarization is an indicator of a worthy read. I am proud to be an American knowing institutions like the Navy are capable of evaluating their system critically because of strong leadership from people like Caroline and the many mentors she wrote about in this book. It takes tremendous courage to challenge a traditional system ensuring it is better for everyone who comes after. I wish Caroline the absolute best as she continues to raise standards. Well done. There is always hope in moving forward.

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  • Janet-Lee
  • 03-06-2020

WONDERFUL, empowering book!

Nothing but a glowing review from me! The story is amazing, the narration well done, and the editing excellent. I highly recommend this book.

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  • B
  • 17-05-2020

Amazing!

From one female aviator to another, this is incredible! Your bravery will change the world for years and years to come. Thank you

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  • Treasur2
  • 25-04-2020

I think your age made you incredibly naive.

but I have tremendous respect for you sheer will and determination. i know your on the speaking circuit now. that i have a big problem with.

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  • Samuel Boardman
  • 12-06-2020

All aspiring young military women should read

I really enjoyed this audiobook. It's inspiring to listen to the author talk about how she handled challenges of her job as a Weapon systems operator and also the additional challenges of being a woman. It's great to listen to a young female talk about pushing through all the mental and physical challenges of training to be an aircrewwoman!

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  • John Sel
  • 27-11-2019

Brilliant! Enlightening informative and sad at times

This is a book that once you start listening to you will not be able to stop. Not only is it well written and well narrated by the author it tells a fascinating story of not only the sacrifices and training a member of the US military and a Navy pilot goes through but also the struggles a successful woman has to endure. Hard to believe sexism goes on in this environment and at this level even though she is proven to be better than her male counterparts. Frustrating and shameful. An Inspirational book, which in parts, I will share when appropriate with my two daughters as I believe Caroline is a fantastic role model.