On Saturday 16 March, John R Watret, chancellor of the Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus (ERAU), boarded a Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta.
As Mr Watret took his seat on the flight, he overheard a child who’d requested to visit the flight deck and had met the plane’s pilot and co-pilot, who turned out to be a mother and daughter.
After asking whether he could visit the flight deck as well, Mr Watret made the acquaintance of captain Wendy Rexon and first officer Kelly Rexon.
Mr Watret later shared a picture of the pair on Twitter, which received a hugely positive response.
The tweet has garnered more than 40,000 likes and more than 16,000 retweets, with many praising Mr Watret and the pilots for raising awareness of women in aviation.
“I would probably burst with pride if I was this mum,” one person tweeted.
“It’s still so rare to have women pilots. A legacy crew like this in the cockpit? Is amazing,” another added.
Just flew from LAX to ATL on Delta piloted by this mother daughter flight crew. Great flight. Inspiring for you women. pic.twitter.com/4Gk1vHCcZ1— John R. Watret (@ERAUWatret)March 17, 2019
— Jennifer K Carpenter (@JenKCarpenter)March 19, 2019
Inspiring for everyone, women and men, and most importantly kids growing up https://t.co/aOJd9d0J0R— Anant Bhan (@AnantBhan)March 18, 2019
In Mr Watret’s initial tweet, he said the Rexons were “inspiring for you women”.
He later clarified this had been a typo, as he said he’d meant to write “inspiring for young women”.
Kelly Rexon’s sister is also a pilot, Mr Watret revealed in an article published on the ERAU website.
Only four per cent of airline pilots in the UK and the US are women, the Centre for Aviation states.
“I really do hope that it inspires girls and women – that if that’s the path that they want to take, that they know that it’s available to them,” Larson said.