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Megan BarryMegan Barry

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.




Jessica CoxJessica Cox

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.





Tracey Curtis-TaylorTracey Curtis-Taylor

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' GibsonRobert "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.





Michael HuertaMichael Huerta

Administrator of the FAA, responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world.





Deborah Lee JamesThe 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.





Rod MachadoRod Machado

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 SeddonDr. 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.



Doreen WelshDoreen Welsh

Flight attendant on U.S. Airways Flight 1549, the Miracle on the Hudson.