Jessica Cox was born without arms. The doctors do not know why she was born “differently-abled.” But she does. Jessica has made achievements with her feet that most people only dream of. Now she shares her story with people around the world.

Born in 1983 in Sierra Vista, Arizona, Jessica has learned to live her life with her feet. There were many questions at the time about whether Jessica would be able to live a “normal” life. However, Jessica’s father has said he never shed a tear about her birth condition. He had full confidence in her potential. With the support of her parents and family, Jessica became confident in herself as an adult and continued to explore the world with her feet.

  • Soccer Stadium

    Soccer Stadium

    In 2011 Jessica spoke to hundreds of students in Ghana.

  • Profile Picture

    Profile Picture

    Jessica has personally impacted people in 18 countries around the world.

  • Guinness World Record

    Guinness World Record

    Guinness World Record: Jessica Cox, the first woman to fly an airplane with her feet gained her pilot's license on 10 October 2008 in spite of being born without arms.

  • White Ercoupe

    White Ercoupe

    Jessica is known in the pilot community for flying the unique Ercoupe Airplane.

  • Aviatrix


    One of Jessica's personal heroes was Amelia Earhart.

  • Shade and Soda

    Shade and Soda

    Jessica enjoys a soda during a break from flight training under the wing of an Ercoupe.

  • Driving


    Jessica has an unrestricted Arizona driver's license.

  • Writing


    Jessica has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She wrote papers and completed tests with a pencil between her toes.

  • Mascara


    Jessica's flexibility in her legs and dexterity with her toes allow her to put on her own makeup.

  • Lip Gloss

    Lip Gloss

    Jessica's flexibility in her legs and dexterity with her toes allow her to put on her own makeup.

  • Taekwondo


    At the age of 14 Jessica earned her first black belt in the ITF. While in college, she earned a second black belt in the American Taekwondo Association. Jessica continues to train in the ATA and currently holds the rank of Second Degree Black Belt and Trainee Instructor.

  • Nunchuks


    Jessica not only knows how to kick but also how to use various martial arts weapons including nunchuks.

  • Surfing


    While Jessica lives in the deserts of Arizona, she learned to surf while on vacation in Hawaii.

  • Scuba Diving

    Scuba Diving

    Jessica is a certified scuba diver.

  • Filming


    Jessica has appeared on camera for organizations such as Fox and Friends, CNN, The Ellen Show, Inside Edition, Beyond Belief, ABS-CBN, Power ng Pinoy, GMA, Hooplaha, AOPA Live, and FAA Focus.

As a child, Jessica studied dance in her home town. When the first performance arrived, she asked to be put in the back row. Her dance teacher told her there was no back row. Tentatively she took the stage with the other students and performed her routine. When she finished, the applause from the audience gave her encouragement and the confidence to continue dancing for 14 years.Jessica’s parents eventually met a Taekwondo instructor named Jim Cunningham. His response when told of her birth condition was that she would be more than physically able and that only her attitude could hold her back. At the age of 14, Jessica earned her first Black Belt in the International Taekwondo Federation.

After graduating from high school, Jessica attended the University of Arizona where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. When talking about her degree, she frequently explains that psychology credits the way people think has a greater impact on their lives than a physical limitation.

During college, Jessica found an ATA Martial Arts club and resumed training in the sport of Taekwondo. Even though Jessica already had one black belt in a different style, she had to relearn all of the color belt material. The instructors created a curriculum that would be accessible to any future armless students. Jessica then became the first armless person to earn a black belt in the ATA.

Jessica’s most famous accomplishment was learning how to fly. It took three states, four airplanes, two flight instructors and a discouraging year to find the right aircraft: a 1946 415C Ercoupe Airplane. She received the Guinness World Record for being the first person certified to fly an airplane with only their feet.

Jessica now works as a motivational speaker. Jessica enjoys continuing to take on new challenges, the latest of which are slacklining and rock climbing. She gives back to the global disability community as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Nobel Prize winning NGO Handicap International. As a personal passion, she mentors children with limb differences and their parents.



  • Plane and Pilot Magazine’s 10 Best Pilots, 2013
  • Inspiration Award for Women: Most Aspirational, 2012 USA; Inspiration International, 2013 UK
  • Guinness World Record: The First Armless Person in the World Ever to Have Obtained a Pilot’s License, 2011
  • AOPA LIVE Pilots Choice Award 2010: Most Watched Female Aviator
  • Published in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, 2009