Col. Julie Tizard, U.S. Air Force (retired), has been a professional pilot for over 40 years. She is also an aviation consultant and an author of aviation-themed adventure novels.
She was one of the earliest women to graduate from Air Force pilot training and she served in several leadership positions in her 25 years of service. She was an Instructor Pilot flying the T-37 primary jet trainer, Flight Commander, and Chief, Pilot Upgrade. She then flew the KC-10 air refueling tanker as an Aircraft Commander, Flight Commander, and Chief, KC-10 Flight Safety. In the Air Force Reserve, she was a Director, Contingency Operations at Headquarters, Air Mobility Command. She was the founding commander of the 96th Flying Training Squadron where she supervised 110 instructor pilots flying the T-37, T-38, and T-1 training aircraft. After promotion to Colonel, she was the Emergency Preparedness Liaison to Arizona and served at the Pentagon after the 9/11 attack.
She is a retired Captain for a major airline where she flew the Airbus 320, the DC-10, Boeing 737, 757, 767. She was also an instructor pilot and Line Check Airman on the Boeing 737 fleet for over nine years.