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Delta Airlines passenger shares photo of mother-daughter pilot team who flew him from LA to Atlanta - and the internet can't get enough of it

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 3/23/2019 Maxine Shen For Dailymail.com
a person standing in front of a store: A Delta passenger was tickled to discover that his flight's pilots were the mother-daughter team of Captain Wendy Rexon (left) and her daughter, First Officer Kelly Rexon (right) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A Delta passenger was tickled to discover that his flight's pilots were the mother-daughter team of Captain Wendy Rexon (left) and her daughter, First Officer Kelly Rexon (right)

United may 'fly the friendly skies', but Delta Airlines flies the family skies as one passenger discovered during a recent trip. 

Dr. John R. Watret was flying from Los Angeles to Atlanta on March 16 when he learned that the flight's pilots were actually a mother-daughter team, Captain Wendy Rexon and her daughter, First Officer Kelly Rexon. 

Watret, the chancellor of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Worldwide Campus, stopped by the cockpit to snap a picture of the two women and then posted it on Twitter. 

a screenshot of a cell phone: Dr. John R. Watret posted the picture of the two women on Twitter and it went viral overnight © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dr. John R. Watret posted the picture of the two women on Twitter and it went viral overnight a screenshot of a cell phone: Delta joined in on the tweeting fun, calling the unusual pilot pairing, 'Family flight crew goals!' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Delta joined in on the tweeting fun, calling the unusual pilot pairing, 'Family flight crew goals!'

'Just flew from LAX to ATL on Delta piloted by this mother daughter flight crew. Great flight. Inspiring for you women,' Watret tweeted, later clarifying a typo and noting that he meant to write that it was inspiring for 'young' women. 

Overnight, the tweet went viral, garnering more than 42,000 likes and 16,000 retweets. An additional 

a person wearing a hat: Kelly Rexon's father and sister are also pilots © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Kelly Rexon's father and sister are also pilots a man in a yellow shirt: Dr. John R. Watret said it was 'amazing' when he discovered that Kelly and her mom Wendy were his flight'spilots © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dr. John R. Watret said it was 'amazing' when he discovered that Kelly and her mom Wendy were his flight'spilots

along with plenty of comments from people who were tickled by the notion of a parent flying a plane alongside their sprog. 

'Most excellent,' tweeted amysuds, while Alsharaf_Amna called the picture, 'Priceless.' 

'Wow, now that’s what I call a family day out,' tweeted snookeremporium.

'I think it's inspiring for everyone because it's not everytime you see parents and their offspring doing great things together,' wrote abikeaguda. 

The official Delta Twitter account weighed in, too, tweeting, 'Family flight crew goals!' 

One proud papa plane captain, tweeting as rocarasa, was even inspired to post a photo of himself sitting in the cockpit next to his lookalike pilot son. 

Along with the praise, there were predictably plenty of wisecracks about the unusual situation.  

'That is just the most amazing, wonderful news ever - seriously. My mother and I would never have flown together as crew. We couldn't even agree on having the radio on/off in the car,' tweeted SharonDunn54.   

'That's pretty cool.....question is, was mother holding on to the sides of her seat for dear life when daughter was at the controls? That's what my parents do when I'm driving anyway.....' wondered bodz156. 

'Mom: "Did you check the flaps? You should know better, young lady" Daughter: "I know Mom, I know! You're always telling me what to do,"' joked B_Kelley_. 

a screenshot of a cell phone

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Wetret told the Embry-Riddle Newsroom that he learned that his flight crew were a family affair after overhearing a mom asking a flight attendant if her two children could go look at the flight deck. 

'The flight attendant said they could – and that they would be surprised,' Watret recalled. 

When the family returned to their seats, Watret said he overheard them talking about the 'mother and daughter' who were flying the plane, which he thought was 'amazing,' prompting him to ask if he could go visit the flight deck, too.  

Piloting is a major inheritable trait in the Rexon family, apparently.  

Yahoo Canada Style reported that Wendy Rexon's father, Bill Brown, is a retired Northwest Airlines pilot. 

Wendy's husband, Michael Rexon, is currently an American Airlines pilot. Their other daughter, Kate, is also a pilot. 

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