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Capt. Lyndsey Goodman, a reserve C-17 pilot with the 317th Airlift Squadron at Charleston AFB, S.C., gets interviewed by a production crew from the TV show American Idol. Capt. Goodman was highlighted by the show after her audition. She was one of two military contestants featured on the program this season. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Kelly, USAFR)

Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Kelly, USAFR

C-17 pilot auditions for 'American Idol'

24 Jan 2008 | Capt. Wayne Capps

A C-17 Globemaster III pilot with the 317th Airlift Squadron at Charleston Air Force Base recently lived out one of her dreams -- to audition for "American Idol."

Capt. Lyndsey Goodman, a Reserve pilot who has flown the half-million pound airlifter into combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, also sings at local nightclubs.

"I wanted to try out for 'American Idol' because I have been singing since I was a little girl, but I have been flying most of my adult life so I never really had the opportunity to go out and audition for something like this," Captain Goodman said. "When I found out they were coming to Charleston, I thought I should give it a shot."

The captain already has a career handling America's premier airlifter, but her passion for singing gave her the chance to sing for America's toughest, and most popular judges -- Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.

"Auditioning in front of Randy, Paula and Simon, I was probably more nervous than I have been in my entire life," the captain said. "It was really hard to concentrate because of all the cameras. It was a lot tougher than any check ride I have ever had."

Captain Goodman is one of only two military contestants featured on the show this season, according to "American Idol" producers. After the audition process, she was eliminated by Mr. Cowell, who said he liked her singing but jazz might not be the right format for the show.

"Not making it to L.A. was a little disappointing, but I will still be flying with the Air Force Reserve," Captain Goodman said.