military-fly-moms-linda-maloneyMilitary Fly Moms is a stupendous collection of true stories by seventy women who shared the same two dreams—becoming a military aviator, and being a mom. The first few women, who, in the 1970’s, took their places in the world of all-male military aviation, paved the way for other women to follow. From flying during the Cold War to rescue missions during Hurricane Katrina to flying in combat during the current war on terror, these gutsy women—our nation’s sisters, daughters, neighbors, friends, and, yes, even moms—have done it all. Illustrated throughout with stunning color photos, Military Fly Moms depicts women aviators in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard alongside their helicopters, transport aircraft, or fighter planes, as well as highlighting their families. These stories and their accompanying photographs weave a beautiful tapestry, passing on a lasting legacy to inspire future generations to reach for their dreams.

Military Fly Moms is a book that’s long overdue. It does a wonderful job of showing a side of America’s women military aviators that has always existed but is seldom discussed or seen, particularly in such an honest and beautiful light. This is a book that will spark conversations, tears, and laughter—a must-have! There’s a place for this book on many tables.
Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Retired; President, Women Military Aviators

Retired naval aviator, Linda Maloney, brings together stories from women aviators who are moms —from every military service, asking each to tell her story—her path to the military and flying, combat experiences, her joys in being a mom, how she balances family and career, the advice and encouragement she would give to other women seeking a military or aviation career, and the legacy she wants to pass down to her children and future generations.

Every woman interviewed stressed repeatedly that balancing family and a military career was not easy. Many concluded that things don’t always have to be perfect—in fact, frequently they can’t be, especially when juggling demanding jobs, flying schedules, and family priorities.

When asked, “Why stay in the military?” they gave resoundingly similar answers. “I can’t think of any job I’d want other than the one I have. Being an aviator and an officer is part of who I am. It’s not just a job. I serve because I love my country, and I want my family to live in a country that is free.”

As much as these women love their careers and are proud of their military service, they love and cherish being moms even more. Susan Maitre, one of the Coast Guard aviatrix moms says, “I love being a mom, because it reminds me every day what really matters, and what doesn’t. The bottom line is very simple: Between the grins and giggles and hugs and kisses, I realize that my husband and I are molding these sweet creatures into [having] remarkable lives of their own.”

military-fly-moms-groupThe  pages of Military Fly Moms are filled with tales of little girls who grew up looking to the skies and dreaming of soaring overhead; of young women hesitantly realizing they could become pilots as well as flight attendants; of young moms juggling flying schedules at odd hours but making time to read bedtime stories to their little ones; of women struggling to decide whether to stay in the military because too many deployments are impacting the family; and of experienced career women military pilots mentoring younger men and women, sharing their own experiences, sprinkled with some “been there, done that” wisdom.

Each woman’s perspective is uniquely different, but together they weave a beautiful tapestry that tells a bigger story and passes on a lasting legacy to inspire future generations to reach for their dreams.

Military Fly Moms was compiled and edited by retired naval aviator Linda Maloney and published by Tannenbaum Publishing Company and is offered on Amazon.

Military Fly Moms