Mayor of Nashville, her focus is on improving the educational outcomes at Nashville public schools, developing a unified vision for transportation, creating affordable housing and growing the economy.
The world’s first certificated armless pilot, she earned her pilot certificate in an Ercoupe 415-C in 2008 and is now a motivational speaker.
Recreated Lady Mary Heath’s flight from Cape Town, South Africa, to Goodwood, United Kingdom, in 2013, and is currently planning to fly from the UK to Australia in honor of Amy Johnson’s 1930 flight.
Robert "Hoot" Gibson
Legendary and award-winning astronaut and fighter pilot flew five missions aboard the space shuttles Challenger, Columbia, Atlantis, and Endeavour. Hoot flew for 10 years for Southwest Airlines, and has been an air race pilot continuously since 1998 in the Reno National Championship Air Races, racing in the unlimited class and the jet class.
Administrator of the FAA, responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world.
The Honorable Deborah Lee James
The 23rd Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, responsible for the affairs of the Dept. of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping, and providing for the welfare of its nearly 664,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian airmen and their families.
Pilot and author of aviation flight training materials, known for his talent for simplifying the difficult and adding humor to make lessons stick.
Dr. Rhea Seddon
A veteran of three space shuttle flights, Dr. Seddon was selected as one of the first six women to enter the astronaut program. After leaving NASA in 1997, Dr. Seddon was the assistant chief medical officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville where she led an initiative to improve patient safety, quality of care, and team effectiveness by the use of an aviation-based model of CRM. She is a member of LifeWings Partners, LLC and teaches this concept to healthcare institutions across the U.S.
Flight attendant on U.S. Airways Flight 1549, the Miracle on the Hudson.