Michelle Curran, 32

Fighter Pilot

Michelle is a pilot for the U.S. Air Force. After serving in the Air Force for a number of years, she was selected to join the Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 6 jet, in the Thunderbirds. Her passion for flying, thrill seeking and travel brought her to the Air Force.

Logging over 1,200 flight hours as an Air Force Pilot and more than 160 combat hours. She’s the first female fighter pilot to ever be a left solo in the Thunderbirds.

Before joining the Thunderbirds, she was an F-16 instructor pilot in Texas. She enjoys mountaineering, rock climbing and hiking.

With less than 2% of female pilots in the world, and even less in the Air Force, Michelle is a true inspiration to our next generation of women who want to pursuit a life in aviation.

Get to Know

DOB30 May 1987
HometownMedford, WI, USA
Favourite PlaceNepal
Can’t Live WithoutBeing Active
Favourite FoodAnything with peanut butter and chocolate
Pet PeeveSlackers

Weapon of Choice