Sharon L. Menear worked as a water-sports model before traveling the world as a flight attendant with Pan American World Airways. After earning her commercial pilot license, she left Pan Am and worked as a flight instructor, charter pilot, and commuter airline pilot until she acquired the qualifications for employment with a major airline. She was hired by US Airways in 1980 as the first woman pilot, bypassing the flight engineer position. She flew Boeing 727s and 737s, DC-9s, and BAC 1-11 jet airliners. She was promoted to captain after seven years as a copilot. Sharon also enjoyed flying antique airplanes, experimental aircraft, and third-world fighter airplanes. Throughout her career, she enjoyed scuba diving, powered paragliding, snow skiing, surfing, horseback riding, aerobatic flying, sailing, and riding motorcycles. Her new passion is writing aviation thrillers. The first novel in the Samantha Starr Series, “Deadstick Dawn,” won the 2011 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Unpublished Thriller.
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