After 33 years of flying, Captain David Woodruffe is hanging up his British Airways coat.

The pilot hopped the flight from New York City to Heathrow Airport in London for his retirement flight, but what good is a retirement flight unless your successor is in the co-pilot seat?

Woodruffe was joined by his daughter Kathryn. The family affair isn’t new as Kathryn also works for the airline and the two have manned over a dozen flights together.

“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!”

As for Woodruffe, he couldn’t be prouder of his daughter’s desire to carry the legacy.

“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 said.

Becoming a pilot has been Kathryn’s aspiration since she was a child and thankfully she had Dad to encourage her to fulfill that ambition.

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