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US Pairing Become First Mother-Daughter Duo To Pilot Commercial Plane Together

Tom Wood

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US Pairing Become First Mother-Daughter Duo To Pilot Commercial Plane Together

A mum and her daughter have made history by becoming the first mother-daughter pairing to pilot a commercial passenger plane together.

Captain Suzy Garrett and her first officer/daughter Donna Garrett both work for SkyWest Airlines over in the US, and a few days ago they worked together, making history in the process.

As it happens, flying aeroplanes is just something that the Garrett family do - Suzy's husband Doug and her son Mark are also pilots.

The elder Garrett was one of the first women hired by SkyWest Airlines and has been flying planes for more than 30 years now. Making history is becoming second nature to her, at this stage.

Donna and her mum. Credit: SkyBlog
Donna and her mum. Credit: SkyBlog

Speaking before the historic flight, Captain Garrett told the SkyWest Airlines blog: "We absolutely love our jobs. You don't see that too much in other occupations,

"None of our kids were thinking about becoming pilots, but when you start looking at other careers that are out there, sitting in an office, and then see how happy we are - it opened their eyes."

Donna added: "I was exposed to aviation my whole life.

"I decided to fly because of my parents' passion and love for flying. They made it so much fun."

"I got to do a lot of traveling growing up.

"I was exposed to the world, which was a big inspiration. Experiencing my mom and dad's lifestyle was wonderful. It exposed me to the possibilities the industry offered."

Donna at the controls. Credit: SkyBlog
Donna at the controls. Credit: SkyBlog

Suzy continued: "I am super grateful for this job.

"For women, the work schedule flexibility is a plus; the ability to have a family.

"What better career is out there where you can make this kind of money and not have to have high stress by taking your work home with you?

"Scheduling is a big reason why I've stayed with SkyWest. It was great when the kids were growing up."

Suzy Garrett has been flying for more than 30 years. Credit: SkyBlog
Suzy Garrett has been flying for more than 30 years. Credit: SkyBlog

"I could volunteer for field trips, parties at school and be that mom, while also having this wonderful career!"

Speaking about having her daughter on board with her for the future, Suzy said: "I love it! I really love it.

"It's neat having your kid experience what you've gotten to experience. She's part of the SkyWest family.

"I think it's going to be a great career for her. She likes having variety and excitement in her life."

Featured Image Credit: SkyBlog

Topics: Interesting, US News, travel

Tom Wood
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