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Olga Custodio

Lt. Colonel (Retired), US Air Force; America’s First Latina Fighter Pilot, Executive Director of the San Antonio Chapter of Women in Aviation International & STEM Advocate

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Olga Custodio Biography

The first Latina to complete U.S. Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training and graduate in the top 5% of her class (of 48) with a fighter qualification to fly the T-38 as an instructor pilot, Olga E. Custodio points to three principles that have helped her become successful in a profession dominated by men: overcoming self-doubt, staying open to possibilities, and seeing herself as an equal.

The path to her dream, however, has not been a walk in the park. While studying at the University of Puerto Rico, she tried to participate in the university’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program but was denied the opportunity, as women were not allowed at that time.

But Custodio never gave up hope, and she went on to fulfill her dream of becoming a commissioned military officer—and then some. A female military aviation pioneer, she served for 24 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. As a pilot instructor pilot, she received an Aviation Safety Award for superior airmanship for her handling of an engine failure in-flight emergency. After transitioning to the U.S. Air Force Reserves, Custodio became the first American Airlines Latina commercial airline pilot and later upgraded to Captain. Besides the T-38, Custodio flew the T-41, B-727, F-100, B-757, and B-767. She owns a Cessna T210L and has also flown several general aviation aircraft like the Stearman biplane, Cessna-172, Beechcraft-35 V-tail, Cirrus Vision Jet, and few others.

Today, Custodio is retired with over 11,000 flight hours to her name. Now a speaker and community leader, she serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations, (Latino Pilots Association, Order of Daedalians, Dee Howard Foundation, and Women in Aviation Alamo City) which advocate for inspiring and empowering students, especially those from underserved communities, to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace. Custodio supports the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) moderating several female aviation panels during AirVenture at Oshkosh, WI since 2018. This year she presented two female panels representing Latinas in the aviation professions. As a STEM advocate, she has also volunteers her time as a speaker and role model at local schools, universities, corporations, and military base groups, encouraging young women and men to reach for their dreams. Custodio is a mentor with the Women in Aviation International, Aviation Explorers, and the School of Aeronautics of the InterAmerican University in Puerto Rico to mention a few. In 2017, she was inducted into the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame. Custodio recently co-authored in the “Latinas in Aviation” anthology and is included as one of the 30 inspiring Latinas/Latinos who have shaped the United States in “Nuestra América”, published by the Smithsonian Institution. Custodio is the Honoree of the 35th Hispanic Heritage Foundation – 2022 STEM Award.

By pioneering many firsts during her career, Custodio has shattered stereotypes and served as a powerful role model for those aspiring to become a pilot. From breaking barriers and overcoming challenges as a woman in a male-dominated profession throughout her career, Custodio has gained essential life insights and perspectives that she shares with everyone, especially women working to achieve their dreams.

Custodio lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband of 48 years, Edwin—who is also her best friend, supporter, and advocate for everything she sponsors. They have two children, Marcia and Edwin II, and one grandson, Jedi. She shares her successes with her parents and family, her biggest supporters.

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Latinas in Aviation: Stories of passion, power, and breaking into the aviation industry

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Olga Custodio Biography

The first Latina to complete U.S. Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training and graduate in the top 5% of her class (of 48) with a fighter qualification to fly the T-38 as an instructor pilot, Olga E. Custodio points to three principles that have helped her become successful in a profession dominated by men: overcoming self-doubt, staying open to possibilities, and seeing herself as an equal.

The path to her dream, however, has not been a walk in the park. While studying at the University of Puerto Rico, she tried to participate in the university’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program but was denied the opportunity, as women were not allowed at that time.

But Custodio never gave up hope, and she went on to fulfill her dream of becoming a commissioned military officer—and then some. A female military aviation pioneer, she served for 24 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. As a pilot instructor pilot, she received an Aviation Safety Award for superior airmanship for her handling of an engine failure in-flight emergency. After transitioning to the U.S. Air Force Reserves, Custodio became the first American Airlines Latina commercial airline pilot and later upgraded to Captain. Besides the T-38, Custodio flew the T-41, B-727, F-100, B-757, and B-767. She owns a Cessna T210L and has also flown several general aviation aircraft like the Stearman biplane, Cessna-172, Beechcraft-35 V-tail, Cirrus Vision Jet, and few others.

Today, Custodio is retired with over 11,000 flight hours to her name. Now a speaker and community leader, she serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations, (Latino Pilots Association, Order of Daedalians, Dee Howard Foundation, and Women in Aviation Alamo City) which advocate for inspiring and empowering students, especially those from underserved communities, to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace. Custodio supports the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) moderating several female aviation panels during AirVenture at Oshkosh, WI since 2018. This year she presented two female panels representing Latinas in the aviation professions. As a STEM advocate, she has also volunteers her time as a speaker and role model at local schools, universities, corporations, and military base groups, encouraging young women and men to reach for their dreams. Custodio is a mentor with the Women in Aviation International, Aviation Explorers, and the School of Aeronautics of the InterAmerican University in Puerto Rico to mention a few. In 2017, she was inducted into the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame. Custodio recently co-authored in the “Latinas in Aviation” anthology and is included as one of the 30 inspiring Latinas/Latinos who have shaped the United States in “Nuestra América”, published by the Smithsonian Institution. Custodio is the Honoree of the 35th Hispanic Heritage Foundation – 2022 STEM Award.

By pioneering many firsts during her career, Custodio has shattered stereotypes and served as a powerful role model for those aspiring to become a pilot. From breaking barriers and overcoming challenges as a woman in a male-dominated profession throughout her career, Custodio has gained essential life insights and perspectives that she shares with everyone, especially women working to achieve their dreams.

Custodio lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband of 48 years, Edwin—who is also her best friend, supporter, and advocate for everything she sponsors. They have two children, Marcia and Edwin II, and one grandson, Jedi. She shares her successes with her parents and family, her biggest supporters.

Olga Custodio Videos

  • Stinson Virtual Field Trip with Olga Custodio
    Join the CSOs from Anson Jones elementary as they tour Stinson Airport with Olga Custodio. It started in 1915, when three siblings and two passions...
  • Lt. Col Olga Custodio USAF, American Airlines Captain retired ...
    May 19, 2020 ... T-38 instructor, Boeing 727, 757, 767 pilot. First Latina woman pilot and instructor in the USAF speaks to Maui Flight Academy,...
  • WGU 2020 Dallas Commencement Address from Olga E. Custodio ...
    Feb 26, 2020 ... WGU Commencement in Dallas, TX on February 22, 2020. America's first Latina fighter pilot, and STEM advocate Olga E. Custodio...

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  • How to book Olga Custodio?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Olga Custodio for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Olga Custodio, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Olga Custodio or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Olga Custodio?

    Booking fees for Olga Custodio, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Olga Custodio, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Olga Custodio?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Olga Custodio for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Olga Custodio for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Olga Custodio or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Olga Custodio or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Olga Custodio is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Olga Custodio for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Olga Custodio generally travels from San Antonio, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Shayla Rivera, Linda Alvarado, Dolores Huerta, J.R. Martinez and Amelia Rose Earhart. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Olga Custodio for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Olga Custodio Speaker Videos

  • Stinson Virtual Field Trip with Olga Custodio
    Join the CSOs from Anson Jones elementary as they tour Stinson Airport with Olga Custodio. It started in 1915, when three siblings and two passions came together to create the Stinson School of...
    Lt. Col Olga Custodio USAF, American Airlines Captain retired ...
    May 19, 2020 ... T-38 instructor, Boeing 727, 757, 767 pilot. First Latina woman pilot and instructor in the USAF speaks to Maui Flight Academy, Cirrus SR22, ...
  • WGU 2020 Dallas Commencement Address from Olga E. Custodio ...
    Feb 26, 2020 ... WGU Commencement in Dallas, TX on February 22, 2020. America's first Latina fighter pilot, and STEM advocate Olga E. Custodio delivered ...
    Power of Sport - OLGA CUSTODIO My Story :30 TV
    The first Latina U.S. military pilot, Lt. Col. Olga Custodio, Ret., joins the “Power of Sport” campaign to spread awareness about the impact youth sports had on her life and the importance of...
  • Lieutenant Colonel Olga Custodio’s Quest
    In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, Del Mar College’s Social Sciences Department and the Mexican American Studies program presented Querer es Poder: (Where There’s a Will There’s a Way)...
    Persistence, Passion, and Patience - Olga Custodio
    Olga E. Custodio is a Retired Captain from American Airlines with over 11,000 hours of flight time having flown the Boeing 727, Fokker 100, Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 to the Caribbean, Central...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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