Captain David Woodruffe piloted his last flight for British Airways last week before his retirement from the airline after 33 years of flying.
The flight, from New York City to London’s Heathrow Airport, would have been just another journey for Woodruffe except for one special addition: his daughter.
On his retirement flight, Woodruffe’s copilot was none other than his daughter Kathryn, who is also a pilot for the airline.
While you may think it’s a full family affair in the cockpit, Kathryn told the Metro that the two, who have flown more than a dozen flights together, remain professional throughout every single flight.
“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!”
And Woodruffe couldn’t be more pleased with his daughter carrying on his legacy as a pilot.
“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,” Woodruffe told the Press Association. According to the duo, Kathryn always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps and from an early age was set up for success.
“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.