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In honor of dads everywhere this Father’s Day, we’ve collected dad-themed “All in the Family” stories from ALPA members—first-person stories that truly showcase how the love of flying runs in the family. Happy Father’s Day!




100 years ago today, on May 15, 1918, the first U.S. airmail service flight traveled from New York to Washington, D.C., in what became a new way to transport mail aside from steamboats and railroads, and ultimately changed how people and businesses received their mail in the United States. ALPA’s founders and early members had a long history with airmail service, with many of them flying as airmail carriers. In 1931, Capt. Dave Behncke, ALPA’s first president, set out to advocate to protect and enhance the working conditions of line pilots.



Former WWII Army Air Corps pilot August Harvey “Augie” Martin flew part-time for several smaller air carriers before becoming the first African-American to fly for a major U.S. airline.



When she first met her now-husband, Andy, Fallon Winslow had a strict “no pilots” rule in dating. But, she laughed, “I’m a sucker for a man in uniform and when I met Andy my rule very quickly became modified.” The two, now both first officers with Alaska, have been married six years and have a one-year-old child together.

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Suffice to say, it was not love at first sight for Karen Lacy and Jay Cowieson, both now first officers at Delta. Well, not for Karen at least. The two met while doing ALPA volunteer work, and Jay admits he was too shy to even talk to Karen—leading to a bad first impression. Their committee was meeting for lunch and Jay says, “I was late to arrive so they were already there eating. The only empty seat was right next to Karen. I still couldn’t overcome my shyness and completely ignored her for the entire meal.” However, as they conversed by email and then in person, they discovered they had a lot in common and perspectives quickly changed.

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