Just weeks ahead of Mother’s Day, FedEx announced that two of its pilots made history by becoming the first mother-daughter team to co-pilot an international flight.
FedEx pilots Terri Eidson and Nicole McCallister departed from Memphis on April 27 and landed in Incheon, South Korea on April 28 after a nearly 15-hour flight.
Eidson is a Boeing 777 captain who was a flight attendant before pursuing a career as a pilot, FedEx said in a press release.
Her daughter, McCallister, is a 777 first officer who wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps and joined the U.S. Air Force. She interviewed to be a pilot while eight months pregnant with her son, per Memphis’ Fox 13.
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Their international flight came less than a month before the 91st anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s first transatlantic flight.
Eidson and McCallister credited the trip as an important milestone in their careers.
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“It’s going to be so cool to look back at this. I mean just to look over to my right side and see my daughter sitting there … it’s like, this is so strange. It still hasn’t sunk in yet,” Eidson said.
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