Plane Jane: Earning My Wings

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Plane Jane: Earning My Wings

By: F. Jane Schuring


About the Book

Follow along with Captain Jane Schuring as she shares life’s challenges, her incredible stories flying in Micronesia in the 70s, and her remarkable climb into the cockpit to pilot the B-737.

Plane Jane follows F. Jane Schuring through the roll, pitch, and yaw of a life that includes her time as a flight attendant for two decades, a mother of three slinging crockpot meals, a world traveler hiking active and extinct volcanoes, and a captain for a major airline, the ‘second’ career in her long journey. Jane covers every item on the checklist, leaving room for error along the way only when revealing the inside scoop of what it means to be human; her honesty is everything as she reveals all the elements of her time in the sky and on land. Whether you’re in coach, first class, or visiting the cockpit, you can trust that she’ll tell you how it is and get you to your destination better off than when you set out.

About the Author

After experiencing some difficult life challenges, Jane’s decision to pursue a career change from a twenty-year flight attendant to take flying lessons during what could be called a mid-life crisis (divorce, temporary job loss) was met with barriers at every stage. In spite of hearing, “You’re too old,” or “No one is hiring,” Jane was determined to achieve her dream, eventually ending her almost 44-year career with Continental/United as a B-737 Captain.

Her story will inspire those who have experienced the highs and lows of life’s trials, particularly a career in the aviation industry. With stories to tell along the way, it began with a spontaneous trip to Los Angeles for an interview as a ‘hostess’ in 1969, and ended with a smooth landing in Houston with fire trucks on each side of the aircraft spraying the traditional water cannon salute to a retiring captain.


(2023, paperback, 280 pages)

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  • 5
    A Gem

    Posted by Martin Vela on Jan 20th 2024

    An honest and genuine autobiography about endless possibilities in life and the grit and courage to pursue them. An almost heroic account of a woman helping create a path for female commercial pilots while being a loving mother and never tiring of improving herself academically or personally. This is an inspiring work for everyone.

  • 5
    Climbing Altitudes: A Son's Tribute to 'Plane Jane'

    Posted by Arend Schuring on Dec 3rd 2023

    "Plane Jane" could easily be the flight manual for navigating life's turbulence with grace and humor, as authored by my mother, Captain Jane Schuring. I might be slightly biased, but I think you'll agree - her memoir doesn't just fly—it soars with tales of aerial adventures and life lessons from a woman who's seen it all from thirty thousand feet. As her son, I grew up with the in-flight announcements of her life's journey, from the early days in the Pacific blue to her climb into the captain's seat, which frankly, she made look as easy as a Sunday morning crossword puzzle. Her story, laced with wit and resilience, charts a course from stewardess to pilot, while still managing to whip up dinner and keep her humor on the ascent. "Plane Jane" is a first-class ticket to the heart of a woman who's navigated the skies and the home with unstoppable determination and a cheeky grin. Buckle up for a read that's equal parts inspiring and entertaining—just like Mom.

  • 5
    Great Read!

    Posted by Cheryl DeMesa on Nov 8th 2023

    This book was such a great read and I highly recommend it! The challenges that Jane faced and what she accomplished is amazing! No matter what roadblocks Jane faced, she forged ahead to attain her goals. Becoming a woman pilot in the 80s, was no easy feat and was met with a lot of skepticism, but Jane did it and with flying colors. It’s just a great book for anyone!! Jane has had a very interesting life and has enjoyed it to the fullest. I have no idea how, as a single mom, she accomplished all of this, while supporting three kids, a full time job, and getting her degree! Amazing lady! A very inspirational book!