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The Incredible Jessica Cox: The First Female Armless Plane Pilot

Updated on March 13, 2011
Jessica Cox, the first-ever female armless pilot
Jessica Cox, the first-ever female armless pilot | Source
Jessica Cox, driving her car using her feet
Jessica Cox, driving her car using her feet

Catholic Handicapped Sunday

The first week of December ,as the Advent season opens, is dedicated to all handicapped, in all forms (armless, no feet at all or both). I remember writing a hub about Nick Vujicic, a total handicapped guy but a famous motivational speaker. His female version is Jessica Cox, an inborn armless individual, a Filipino-American licensed pilot, who's also an in-demand motivational speaker, inspiring people to overcome obstacles in life.

The 26-year old Arizona native became the first female armless pilot. Jessica was born without arms and uses his feet since she was able to handle things through it like eating, taking a bath, swimming, dancing, martial arts and the most incredible of all: of being a license pilot!

I've seen her life being featured on popular American TV shows and even here in the Philippines.

Last January this year (2010), Jessica along with her parents, Bill and Inez visited the country, not only to trace her Filipino roots but also inspire her kababayans.

I also searched for videos featuring her exemplary achievement on YouTube. I've learned a lot from several uploaders. I've seen young Jessica eating using her feet, learning to swim. The more matured Jessica concentrated on learning martial arts (and even earned a double degree black belt) and the most farfetched: aiming to become a pilot!

In 2008, the US Federal Aviation Administration gave Jessica her professional pilot's license in order to fulfill her utmost dream.

Truly, her feat is inspiring that other people, whose apathetic view about life is surmounting, could hit their goals.

Pilot Jessica Cox on Inside Edition c/o rightfootedwoman

The Multi-Talented Jessica Cox

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Baby Jessica with her Filipina mother InezA young JessicaJessica , the martial arts expertJessica writing on paperJessica putting her contact lensJessica swimming
Baby Jessica with her Filipina mother Inez
Baby Jessica with her Filipina mother Inez | Source
A young Jessica
A young Jessica
Jessica , the martial arts expert
Jessica , the martial arts expert | Source
Jessica writing on paper
Jessica writing on paper
Jessica putting her contact lens
Jessica putting her contact lens
Jessica swimming
Jessica swimming | Source

Jessica Cox: Inspiring many people

A native of Tucson, Arizona, Jessica Cox, all the possibilities that an individual can learn, nurture and harvest in this lifetime are easily reaped by her. More and more hopeful individuals are eager to listen to her success story despite the fact that she was born armless.

When her family revisited the Philippines, her mother's homeland, she reconnected with her people here by speaking at various venues.

I'm sure, Jessica is thankful to her supportive parents, Bill and Inez, because they are able to provide the TLC (tender loving care), inpiring her to aspire for more, despite of being a handicapped. A happy childhood, a strong drive to achieve and aspire for more; that's what Jessica did by overcoming difficulties by the use of her feet.

Imagining myself on Jessica's shoes, I began retracing what she did since childhood until she was awarded the professional license as the first-ever armless pilot in the USA!

Multi-Tasking Jessica Cox

  1. As a child, Jessica's dilemna of having no arms was forgotten due to her parent's support. Can I brush my teeth without my arms? Or eat? Or take a bath? Sure, I will persevere just like Jessica did!
  2. While growing up, Jessica learned how to mingle with other kids without pretentions. Her mother inspired her to learn how to dance and even how to swim.
  3. With her confidence, she entered a martial arts club and learned the taekwondo. She surpassed all the challenges and now, she's holding a two-degree black belt in this kind of sport discipline.
  4. Jessica routinely perform her beauty regimen everyday. Wow! She's truly a superwoman.
  5. Being a professional pilot? With no arms? What a woman!!!

She's perfect! This armless Jessica Cox. Whenever she had the opportunity to talk to the public, she always make it a point to thank her parents for the unconditional love they gave her.

She may not be perfect physcially but her achievements surpass the limitations of the word SUCCESS.

If I'll have a chance to meet Jessica Cox, I'll praise her for the achievements she did in her whole life. Taking a photo of her and asking for her autograph will follow. I pray to God that this will be realized, any time soon.

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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @norielaolawi: Thank you for appreciating the splendid life of Jessica Cox.

      Physical imperfection is not a hindrance to success, like what happened to this beautiful and amazing person, inside and out.

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      norielaolawi 

      5 years ago

      ....owwwww...awesome sister..keep up... thumbs-up for you sister....

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Zafar Khalid: Thank you for this tribute to Jessica Cox. She's a married woman now and enjoying the best of both worlds, as a family woman and a professional pilot.

      I hope this article would inspire more people who are in the verge of hopelessness and despair.

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      Zafar Khalid. 

      5 years ago

      Hello Jessica, I am mailing this from Sri Lanka. God Willing, I shall mail your photos to an Undergraduate Law Student whose left fore arm was amputed through negligence by our local surgeons. I am sure you photos would give her some encouragement In her life. As a gift a small poem from me so as to not to give up hopes and have patience and prayers to your Creator..

      Jezebel oh Jessica there is no replica like Jessica.

      May the Creator help oh Jessica, He will help oh Jessica

      with a pair of arms oh Jessica. Have patience oh Jessica.

      I am 75 now oh Jessica. May the Creator enable me to see an image of you before he takes away my soul oh Jessica.

      So have patience oh Jessica. This is from one human being to another oh Jessica.

      Zafar M. Khalid.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @hapee: You bet, she is really that amazing. Thank you for taking notice of her achievements.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @hapee: You bet, she is really that amazing. Thank you for taking notice of her achievements.

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      hapee... 

      5 years ago

      she is very amazing...... wow!!!! thumbs up.. for you!!!

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Milangaliyanage: Thank you for appreciating her accomplishments in life.:)

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      Milangaliyanage 

      5 years ago

      Actually she is excellent one who born to teach us new motivational thinking

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @cheerfulnuts: She's an exceptional lady. I salute her for that; that even normal person cannot achieve in their whole life.

      Go Jessica, spread your wings and please continue inspiring others to achieve more successes in life!

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      cheerfulnuts 

      7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      It's amazing that people with disabilities can achieve much more than most average people who have arms and legs. This is truly humbling. Everyone should stop dwelling on negative things and start focusing on important things. We should try to be more like Jessica. She is a remarkable lady. I'm happy for her! =)

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @neeraj: It's amazing to appreciate such kind of wonderful woman. I hope this would catch Jessica's. attention.

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      neeraj  

      7 years ago

      it is ammazing............. jessico cox you are good made.... i want your attograph, send to neerajppandit@rediffmail.com

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @dallas93444: Physical imperfection is not a hindranc to this lady. She's truly remarkable!

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      An inspiration. The power of not accepting: "can't, no, won't, or impossible."

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Joy Martin: She is so blessed that being armless is not a hindrance to accomplish so many things in just a short span of time.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @QudsiaP1: You're right and thanks for the hub-visit. :D

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      Joy Martin 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      She's simply amazing! At 26, she has accomplished so much more than I have.

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      QudsiaP1 

      7 years ago

      What an amazing and truly inspirational woman.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @ Pamela99: When it rains, it really pours. Her being a handicapped is superceded by her perseverance to achieve what a normal people can do.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @rotl: The power of the mind is boundless. It's our body that will restrain our efforts to do so. But with Jessica's achievement, we don't have the right to complain about our perfectness.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      You're right, sailor. It's a humbling experience to know this incredible young woman. Those who kept on whining about the adversities in life will surely learn from her.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This gal humbles me. I have nothing to complain about in my life compared to the burdens she has overcome. What a remarkable story. Rated up, awesome!

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      rotl 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Amazing... kudos to her. She is an inspiration and proves that you can do anything you set your mind to!

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      thesailor 

      7 years ago from Seven Seas

      She's truly an incredible woman! I can never imagine she could fly a plane with her two feet as her 'hands'! ;D

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