Courtney King was born and raised in Morton, Illinois. She began her aviation career in January 2018 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University majoring in Aeronautical Science and minoring in Aviation Safety. Upon completing her degree, she will join the U.S. Navy with aspirations to become a Naval Aviator. Her goal is to fly the F-18 Super Hornet. Not only is she breaking barriers as the first pilot in her family, she is looking to break sound barriers as well.