If you have ever felt trapped at the family dinner table in an uncomfortable conversation, feel blessed you weren’t stuck in a tiny airplane cockpit.
A mother-daughter duo is taking the internet by storm — for flying together. And no, not in the back of the plane as passengers. They flew a Boeing 757 together as pilots, mom as captain and daughter as first officer.
How They Got Discovered
Dr. John Watret was boarding a Delta flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta when he overheard a conversation that the two pilots onboard were a mother and daughter duo. Dr. Watret also happens to be the chancellor of Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, and recently attended the Women in Aviation Conference.
While deplaning, he decided to ask if he could go into the cockpit to meet the pilots. He tweeted about the encounter and the post ended up going viral. Others chimed in, sharing their stories — and how likely or unlikely they’d manage a flight with mom.
— John R. Watret (@ERAUWatret) March 17, 2019
March also happens to be Women’s History Month, with airlines like United taking part through a unique campaign to spotlight both female aviators and artists.
The Flying Family
The pilots in command were Captain Wendy Rexon and her daughter, First Officer Kelly Rexon. And it’s not just the two of them that are pilots in the family. Flying is seriously a family affair for the Rexons with dad a pilot for American Airlines and daughter Kate also a pilot.
“The first officer had a great role model for becoming a pilot – her mother,” Watret said. “It’s good for aviation and inspiring for all of us.”
Personally, I don’t think my mom would be jazzed about the idea of flying together. After all, I was chauffeuring her around whenever I drove a car (yes, she sat in the backseat even if it was just the two of us). Likewise, in the air, I’d probably be in the pilot seat and mom back in first class. 💁
How do you feel about having family members in the cockpit flying you around?