Southwest Airlines pilots make history as first mother daughter duo to fly a plane

Female pilot's hand on the plane engine control stick
Female pilot's hand on the plane engine control stick Photo credit Getty Images/inside-studio

Southwest Airlines pilots Holly and Keely Petitt just made history on Flight #3658 from Denver to St. Louis.

They became the first mother daughter duo in history to ever fly a plane!

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Holly wrote in a Facebook post that morning that “The much anticipated maiden voyage as the first mother daughter team at Southwest Airlines has arrived!  It’s been a very emotional morning for me. One moment you are holding this tiny little premature baby in your arms and in a blink of an eye she is sitting next to you on the flight deck of a Boeing 737 jet! I love you to the moon and back, Keely Petitt!”

Southwest said in a press release, “Not only are Holly and Keely making Southwest history, but also they're breaking barriers and empowering women of all ages to pursue their dreams in aviation, and pun intended, reach for the skies.”

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