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Friday, August 15, 2014

Karly Janette Harbert,

Friday's Fabulous Flyer!


Can I tell you how many times I've seen Karly across the country? This time was at Oshkosh and I said, "You were at the Western Washington Aviation trade show!" And that she was.

Karly travels with Spencer aircraft and is the best sales person anyone could want. And... dressed like a pilot too. But she really is a pilot. Karly is 22 years old, and born in my home town of Seattle Washington. 

She graduated from Sumner High School in 2010 and attended Clover Park Technical College in the Professional Pilot Program to earn an Associates degree. After finishing her degree she received her  commercial license with an Instrument rating. 

Karly is currently working towards her multi-engine rating while attending Purdue University. She's majoring in Aviation Technology with a minor in Aviation Safety, and this lady is headed places.

After she completes her Bachelor's degree at Purdue, she is joining the Air Force with plans to become a C-17 pilot. An amazing young lady that is as sweet, fun, and beautiful in person as she is in these photos.

Enjoy the Journey!
Oh...and those books she's holding... if you haven't read them, it's time.

XO Karlene

Author of Flight For Control and Flight For Safety,
If you haven't read's time!


  1. I literally bumped into her (in hangar B) at Oshkosh! I bumped into several more people too, during that week, but few were as noticeable.

    1. D.B. That's pretty funny. Yes... I'm sure not many were as noticeable. Small world!

  2. Karlene, if I didn't know better, I'd think you had a bit of a crush! (Not that I blame you.)


    1. Ha. Ha. You are so funny. If you met her in person you would see her magnetism. Just like one of my daughters. Besides... you know I'm crushing on you. :)

  3. Good luck to her and thanks for your desire to serve our country!

    1. Thank you so much. She makes you proud, doesn't she!!

  4. Karly is definitely about to embark on a serious and exciting journey. I wish her all of the best when she goes into the USAF and also at Purdue. I am a big fan of that school despite the fact I grew up on the southern part of Indiana and was brainwashed to worship Indiana University (IU)..

    1. Thanks for the comment Jeremy. You's kind of cool seeing the ladies with these kind of opportunities today. The world has come a long way. Thankfully!


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