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American Airlines' Father-Daughter Pilot Duo Share Rare Experience

Airlines & Airports | American Airlines | Patrick Clarke | March 24, 2015

American Airlines' Father-Daughter Pilot Duo Share Rare Experience

Piloting a jetliner is no simple task. And for some, pleasing your parents isn't much easier.

Well, American Airlines pilot Jen Byrne should be nominated for the Daughter of the Year award after managing to accomplish both last week when she flew alongside her father, Scott, in the cockpit on an American flight from Chicago to Dallas, according to

What's more, their first flight together as first officer and captain just happened to coincide with Jen's one-year anniversary with the airline.

But even after their first flight as co-workers, it's clear Jen has what it takes. 

"Jenny was such a natural. She did an absolutely fantastic job," said Scott. "And it's my 28-year-old daughter. I am so proud."

But while dad was full of pride, the rookie daughter admitted to feeling the pressure. 

"I was just praying it would be a good landing," said Jen. "I looked over at him and he was smiling and it was the best feeling in the world."

And it turns out the memorable flight was a family affair, as Jen's mother was a passenger on the flight, which headed to Orange County after landing in Dallas. While mom wasn't able to join her family in the cockpit, Scott credits her for making the extraordinary experience possible. 

"Every credit goes to my wife," said Scott. 

Perhaps what makes the Byrnes' story so special is that it didn't happen by happenstance or good fortune, but instead thanks to hard work on Jen's part and support from mom and dad.

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