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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
Narrated by: Caroline Johnson
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
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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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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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Beautifully written, enlightening true story. Congratulations for having the courage to cover a tough subject as well as a fascinating one.

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Outstanding

Wow! Caroline thank you so much for sharing your story! I could not stop listening! You did an outstanding job with your book and in my opinion an even better job with the performance of reading it to me. I love aviation but I love girl power more && let me tell you Caroline Johnson is the definition of girl power! You will not be disappointed with this book!

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Fantastic and empowering story of an incredibly bright aviator

I throughly enjoyed listening to Jet Girl.
Very few civilians understand what it takes to be in a fighter jet. The massive training and dedication is beyond what most of us can even imagine. Especially being a female in what seems to be a male dominated community. Her attention to detail about going on combat missions over Iraq was amazing. A terrific audio. She did an outstanding job of sharing her story.

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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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  • 11-27-19

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-20

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.