Have Feet, Will Fly!
Determined Jessica Cox has overcome her fear of flying and a profound disability to become the first person ever to pilot a plane using only her feet. The 25-year-old graduate was forced to improvise after a genetic defect resulted in her being born without any arms.
But Ms Cox, who holds a double black belt in tae kwon-do, has never let that hold her back. ‘I never say, “I can’t do that”. I just say, “I haven’t worked it out yet”,’ she said.
Ms Cox, from Tucson, Arizona, has now taught herself to write, type, drive a car, brush her hair and use a phone simply by using her feet. But the apparently fearless young woman used to be scared of just one thing – flying.
She said: ‘I’ve been terrified and fascinated of flying for as long as I can remember.’ However, she turned it into her ‘ultimate challenge’ three years ago after a fighter pilot insisted she would love it.