Ups and Downs
Kathy McCullough learned to fly at the age of sixteen, but her story began much earlier. Her challenges, accomplishments, and indomitable spirit come to life within the pages of Ups and Downs. Becoming the fourth woman pilot hired by Northwest Orient Airlines in 1981 and earning her captain wings in the Boeing 747 a quarter of a century later, was not an easy journey. There is no better way to understand the gender issues in a cockpit than through the eyes of a woman pilot who lived the many challenges. Kathy takes us on the flight of her life with compelling stories of what it took to get into the cockpit of the largest airplane of its time, and what it took to stay there. Now retired, Kathy lives with her husband Kevin on a wheat ranch in eastern Oregon. She shares her experiences with young adults, inspiring them to explore the world. Everyone who has a goal in life will see themselves in the pages of this book.
Travel the world through the eyes of a Boeing 747 pilot. Kathy McCullough flies you from the icebergs of Gerlache Strait in Antarctica to the jungles of Laos in Southeast Asia. From an island in Canada to the island of Batam, Indonesia, follow her on the trek of a lifetime. Kathy’s unique perspective and many adventures will give you the courage to set out on your own journey to explore a world of mysteries, murder, synchronicity, and fortune. Are you simply an armchair traveler? You won’t need a plane ticket or a bucket list to fly with her through the tunnels of North Korea or to the famed Rock of Gibraltar. In fact, a bucket list is the one thing Kathy never had. “A bucket list would limit my experiences. How do you know you want to do something if you’ve never heard about it? Why would you want to do something if you’re too afraid and overthink it?” she asks. Northwest Airlines hired Kathy as their fourth female pilot in 1981. For over twenty-five years she was paid to travel the world. “I’m proud to say I ‘hit the ground running’ on almost every layover of my career. Looking back, I can’t believe the places my life has taken me. The end result is a reverse bucket list bigger than my wildest dreams.” How do you live the life of your dreams? Kathy claims, “You wake up each morning, open your eyes, and go for it!”