Rose of Texas" was born at Bergstrom AFB. Little did her parents Bill and Jane
know this baby girl would become a pilot some years later following her
father's foot steps in aviation.
her private pilots license at age 19 at Edwards AFB, CA Aero Club. She was
attending Arizona State University, AZ at the time, but learned to fly during
summer vacation at Edwards where her father, Bill Skliar, was stationed.
graduation from ASU in 1974, she was teaching at a kindergarten school, but
really wanted to fly for a living. She went ahead and earned her commercial and
instrument ratings, but at that time there weren't too many opportunities for
When the Air
Force announced it was going to accept women into pilot training, she went down
to the local recruiter to sign up even though the program was open only to
women already in the Air Force. This did not deter her. She was accepted by the
Air Force and attended Officer's Training School (OTS) in 1977.
she went to Aircraft Maintenance Officer's School. She was not eligible to
apply for pilot training (UPT) until completing Maintenance Officer's School,
which she did immediately following graduation.
As a 2nd Lt,
she worked as the T-37 Flight Line Maintenance Officer for about eight months
until she was accepted to UPT. She graduated from UPT at William AFB, AZ in
assigned to Altus AFB, OK for C-141 school followed by an assignment to Norton
AFB, CA in 1980. She flew all over the world in C-141's and really enjoyed it,
but she did not want to spend her career in the military since she would
eventually end up in a non flying job.She resigned
from the Air Force when her commitment ended and joined the Air Force Reserve
Squdron at Norton.
hired by American Airlines in 1985 but then went to Federal Express in 1986
where she is currently employed. At Fedex she has flown the B-727 as a flight
engineer and first officer, the A-300 as Captain, and the MD-11 as both first
officer and Captain which is her current position.
Janis is based in
Anchorage, Alaska from where she flies virtually all over the world to major
cities. She says growing up she was inspired by airplanes her father flew -
both military and civilian. She was intrigued by the fighter pilots her father
knew. Also, she knew her father always wanted a son, so she figured she was the
son her father never had. Janis has two sisters - Kathy and
Footnote: Janis's father, USAF Colonel Bill Skliar
flew the Mach 3+ A-12 for the CIA at Area 51 and afterwards the YF-12 for the
Air Force at Edwards AFB.
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