An unexpected flight deck duo surprised and impressed the passengers of a commercial airliner on a cross country trip.

Several months ago, on a Delta flight en route from Los Angeles to Atlanta, a woman asked if her two children could visit the flight deck.

The flight attendant gave permission and told the trio they would see something a little unusual.

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When the family returned, the kids talked with each other about how the pilots were mother and daughter.

Dr. John R. Watret, Chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, was also on board. He couldn’t help hearing how excited the kids were and so he asked the flight attendant if he could go up to see the cockpit. There he met mother-daughter duo Captain Wendy and First Officer Kelly Rexon.

He tweeted the unexpected find saying:

“Just flew from LAX to ATL on Delta piloted by this mother daughter flight crew. Great flight. Inspiring for [young] women.”


His tweet was liked by over 51,000.

Watret was particularly inspired because he is passionate about diversity in aviation.

According to the 2018 Active Civil Airman Statistics, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certified female pilots are approximately 7% of about 600,000 pilots.

First officer Kelly and her mother are not the only pilots in the family. Kelly’s sister flies too.