Pilot Pride! Delta Captain Snaps Photo Showcasing Daughter Following In Her Footsteps

Family of Aeronautics Graduates Still Flying High

Most mothers can quickly use their smartphones to show a proud photo of their child.

Stephanie Johnson just points up at the airport.

Her daughter, Alex Johnson, is one of two Kent State pilots featured in the university's "No Ceilings. No Limits." advertisement inside Cleveland Hopkins Airport. 

What parent wouldn't stop to capture the moment? Especially when both are pilots and graduates of Kent State University.

Delta Captain Stephanie Johnson Gestures at Airport Advertisement Featuring Her Daughter Alex Johnson (left) and Laura Wilson

Stephanie Johnson was the first African American female to graduate from Kent State with a degree in Flight Technology. She was hired in 1997 as the first African American female pilot for Northwest Airlines and in 2016 became the first African American female Captain at Delta Air Lines.

Alex Johnson and fellow pilot Laura Wilson made headlines earlier this year when the duo finished first in the 45th Annual Air Race Classic, racing approximately 2,500 miles over a four-day time period from Lakeland, Florida, to Terre Haute, Indiana.

Dubbed the "Flying Flashes," Wilson of New Richmond, Ohio, a senior Aeronautics - Professional Pilot major, and Johnson, of Canton, Michigan, a 2021 graduate of the Aeronautics - Professional Pilot program, came home well-decorated with the Fastest Cessna prize, the 1st Place Collegiate Challenge Trophy, and the 1st Place Overall award

Alex and Laura aren't just sharing their story in print advertisements; they're also featured in a Kent State commercial.



To learn more about becoming a pilot, visit Kent State's College of Aeronautics and Engineering.




POSTED: Thursday, November 17, 2022 05:27 AM
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 07:13 PM
Eric Mansfield