Saturday, December 28, 2019

"This is your captain speaking, and my daughter."

Captain Wendy Rexon and her first officer daughter, Kelly Rexon, are the first mother and daughter pair in history to pilot a commercial flight together. Flying has always been a family business with the Rexons. Wendy and her two daughters are airline pilots, along with Wendy's husband, who is a pilot for American Airlines.

"We would run around in (our parents') captain hats and have fun as little kids," Kelly remembers. She started flying when she was 16, and her first student was her younger sister.  The mother-daughter duo flew our of New York's JFK airport recently, but soon encountered smoke and fumes in the cabin. Even so, they landed safely in Los Angeles. "She was fantastic," Wendy recalls of Kelly. "It was a difficult situation made easier because of (Kelly's) training and because of her competence."

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