How a Female Fighter Pilot Overcame Her Fears and Self-Doubt

Michelle "MACE" Curran
18 Oct 2022
7:00 PM
Great Hall, Memorial Union
  • Aerospace Engineering Department
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts
  • College of Engineering
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

Michelle Curran, also known as MACE, led an impressive career as a Fighter Pilot during her 13 years in the United States Air Force. From 2019-2021, she flew as the only female pilot for the Air Force Thunderbirds and performed for millions across the country and internationally. Upon joining this high performing team, she rapidly discovered the best part was not the flying, but the opportunity to inspire others. Michelle was only the 2nd woman to fly as the Lead Solo in the Thunderbird demonstration since the team’s creation in 1953. She realized this put her in a unique position to empower others. She will share her stories of unbelievable flying, facing fears, and unwavering trust with your team. 

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