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'Mandy, break right...’ Jacko’s urgent scream shatters my bubble of bliss like a balloon exploding. My right hand slams the stick across and we tip over sideways, like a hard right turn on a roller coaster. I tense my stomach muscles to accept the punch in the guts from the g-suit, which clamps my legs tight to force the blood to my brain and stop me from blacking out. 

‘Missile launch, five o’clock...’ says the strained voice of my nav into my headset. I am not daydreaming anymore. 

Flying a multi-million pound fighter jet in hostile territory is not an everyday career, and it comes with a high degree of pressure and responsibility. It’s a dream job that takes years of ambition, training and commitment, but for Mandy Hickson, it was a dream that became reality. Find out about Mandy’s incredible journey to become one of the UK’s first female, fast-jet pilots and how she overcame many obstacles to develop the skills to succeed in such a demanding career.

©2020 Mandy Hickson (P)2021 W F Howes

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What an incredible story, and compelling read!

After listening to Mandy speak in a webinar, i couldn’t wait to download the book and immerse myself in more! I wasn’t disappointed. Downloaded the book and listened for 7hrs over the weekend, just had to keep going and now i want more!! Mandy’s story is compelling, inspiring and i would highly recommend putting this book on your wish list, ready to read next. Even better, if you get chance to listen to Mandy in person then cease that opportunity also.

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Amazing, inspirational, witty and honest. One of the best military audio books I've listened too and as a fellow Mancunian I chuckled at Mandys humour. A must listen!

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Loved it!

Great, easy, fascinating listen. Mandy it's been an honour to listen to your life story.

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Excellent

Loved it. Great mixture of informative and entertaining with humour thrown in. Mandy is a great storyteller.

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An inspiration

I'm hoping to follow in Mandy's footsteps, so listening to this book gave me a fantastic amount of insight into military flying, and a big dose of motivation to pursue my dream. Thanks Mandy for writing and recording this amazing book.

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Brilliant!

One of the finest aviation books I've 'read', and I've read a lot. There are so many life lessons, the world would be such a better place with more Mandy Hicksons.

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  • 19-05-21

Amazing Story

I lived that she wrote her story without dwelling on the woman in a man’s world aspect. Of course it comes up, as it is a huge part of her life in the RAF, but she doesn’t whine about it. The book is very well written and exciting to read.

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  • Karen Vickers
  • 06-04-21

Dream Big

I love that Mandy read her book! What enthusiasm! What a lady! Loved every minute of this book!