A British Airways pilot flew his retirement flight Thursday, but the moment was made even more special due to the fact his daughter was the journey's co-pilot. According to the Metro, David and Kathryn Woodruffe made their final landing together at London’s Heathrow Airport after a flight from New York City.
Over the course of their careers, the two had flown around a dozen flights together for British Airways. 64-year-old David Woodruffe first joined the airline in 1984 and held the role of captain, but he said his final flight resulted in mixed emotions.
The 64-year-old told the Press Association: “I’m sorry to be leaving BA after so many years, but equally glad that she will be remaining in the airline to continue our legacy, and doing a job I know she has the same passion and enthusiasm for as I do.” Mother-of-two Miss Woodruffe, 35, believes the father-daughter bond helped them in the cockpit as they are “familiar with each other and communication is very easy”.
“Dad and flying have influenced my life massively, so it’s really special to have been with him at the end of his amazing career,” she said. “I promised him I will carry on the good Woodruffe name!”
“My GCSEs and A-levels were picked in order to help me into aviation, dad insisted on physics and maths, and I used to go away with him on his trips as much as possible,” she said, adding that it wasn’t a hard decision or an idea that her father had to push onto her.
“This wasn’t a chore of course, it involved spending an inordinate amount of my childhood in the paradise islands of Barbados, Grand Cayman and Tobago,” Kathryn added.
“She has wanted to be a pilot since a child and I have always encouraged her to fulfil her ambition,” Woodruffe said.