A mother and daughter made history when they teamed up to pilot a passenger flight. Captain Holly Petitt and First Officer Keely Petitt became the first mother-daughter pilot duo in the history of US Airline Southwest when they flew from Denver to St. Louis on July 23. This is his story viral.
MIRA: Israel warns that the bombings in Gaza could last a week
“It’s been a dream come true,” Holly said in a statement from press of the company. “First, I found this career and fell in love with it, and then one of my children also fell in love with this race. It’s surreal,” she added.
Holly started her aviation career as a flight attendant right out of college, but after a bumpy flight she realized that wanted to become a pilot.
While taking flying lessons, Holly “welcomed three beautiful children”, supporting her family as a full-time mother. With the support of her husband and her mother, she was able to make her dream of becoming a pilot come true.
“Eighteen years later, i’m still anxious for doing my job,” Holly said in a publication of the company
Mother and daughter in charge
Keely, who fell in love with flying when she was 14, followed in his mother’s footsteps. He eventually earned his pilot’s license and interned at Southwest Airlines in 2017.
“Southwest was always the end goal for me,” Keely shared. “There really was never any other option.”
“Holly and Keely are not only making history at Southwest, they are also breaking down barriers and empowering women of all ages for them to pursue their dreams in aviation,” the company shared in a statement.
According to the pilot school Pilot Instituteonly 6% of pilots are women.
“One moment you are holding this little premature baby in your arms and in the blink of an eye, is sitting next to you in the flight deck of a Boeing 737 plane!” wrote the proud mom in a publication of Facebook. “I love you to the moon and back, Keely Petitt!”