Flight Lieutenant Michelle Goodman was born on 22nd November 1976 in Bristol where her family still resides. She was educated at Bristol Grammar School, completing 10 GCSE's and remaining through the sixth form for A Levels. She studied Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry before leaving Bristol and venturing to Manchester where, she spent 4 years at The University of Manchester studying a Masters in Aerospace Engineering.
Flt Lt Michelle Goodman started her Air Force career at Initial Officer Training RAF Cranwell in May 2000, graduating in November of that year. She moved to RAF Church Fenton to begin Elementary Flying Training on the Mk1 Tutor as part of Yorkshire University Air Squadron. After completion of the 6 month training she was streamed to continue on the fast jet route flying the Tucano at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. At Basic Fast Jet training on the Tucano she completed 100 hours on type before being re-streamed to go to RAF Shawbury and start the Helicopter course. At Shawbury she flew both the Squirrel and Griffin training aircraft before being send to her first operational squadron at RAF Benson on the Merlin MK3.
Flt Lt Michelle Goodman is now a Combat Ready Merlin Pilot. She recently got posted from 28 Squadron to the newly formed 78 Squadron. As part of 28 Squadron she completed 3 operational tours in Operation TELIC. During her last detachment to Iraq she captained the aircraft that rescued a soldier from the centre of Basra whilst under enemy fire and has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.