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This is the true story of Carole Leigh Litten''s struggle to become a Navy, then a commercial pilot. Along the way, Carole overcame severe gender bias and resisted harassment. She also faced bogus threats of court-martial and imposition of needlessly dangerous pilot maneuvers by some instructors.Her navy adventures include anecdotes about physical fitness and wilderness training, tracking Russian submarines in the Caribbean, fatal episodes involving fellow pilots, collecting information for feedback to atomic subs, and while based in Africa and Europe, surviving an attempted kidnapping into white slavery in Dakar, Senegal, and a bar fight in Lisbon, Portugal. Carole was captain of a commercial aircraft that had two emergencies in one flight, threatening the lives of 144 passengers and crew. For over a year, she searched for an explanation of the engine failure that caused the emergencies and finally discovered an engineer''s certification for flight that was a betrayal of his trust pilots must have in the maintenance for the aircraft they fly. The memoir is a tale of challenge and adventure that will interest and entertain anyone who has been in an airplane.