A family who flies high and fast all in a day's work is setting a fantastic family tradition.
"It's rewarding, and I love it," said Charlotte Thayer, Lieutenant (junior grade).
Charlotte Thayer is a warrior.
"You join the military to serve, and there's a lot that you sacrifice for it. but in the end, its what I want to do," Charlotte said.
LTJG Thayer is a warrior of the sky.
"I'll be flying a super hornet out of Lemoore, California," Charlotte said.
It was a week ago Charlotte got her wings, graduating from naval aviation training at Air Wing Two, Naval Air Station - Kingsville.
"It takes a team effort to put this wings on their chest," Charlotte said.
There to do the honors of pinning Charlotte was her mom and dad.
"They never really pushed us as kids to go the military route or even the flying route," Charlotte said.
While there may have been no pushing by Charlotte's parents, there was undoubtedly a whole lot of inspiration.
"We graduated from college together," said Doug, Charlotte's dad.
"I wanted to fly, and she said: I had to decide if I wanted to fly. She said if Doug can fly I know I can fly," said Joan, Charlotte's mom.
Charlotte's parents are graduates of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and they both received their wings back in the early 80's and went to serve their country.
"We went through flight school in Kingsville together, married," Charlotte's parents said. "The two of us."
"I was in north island flying T-39's and VRC-30 in San Diego area," Charlotte's parents said. "And I flew a-4 mic's in the marine corps in el toro California.".
Now done with their service the couple continues flying: one for Delta, the other for American.
"It's all we've ever done, a lot of years," Charlotte's parents said. "I don't know what else I could do."
"The training my sister received here, and all of us received here is definitely puts you on the level to go out and do that job," said Nate Thayer, U.S. Naval Aviator.
Navy Pilot Nate Thayer has flown sorties in the war against terror.
"Operation inherent resolve, which is the fight against ISIS. We spent six months. I was only there for five of them. I left at the end to get to test pilot school, but we were out there flying a couple of sorties a day every day putting weapons on targets out there," Nate said.
Nate Thayer was on hand to watch his little sister get her wings just as she watched when he did years before.
"It's like a big family reunion ah looking back I remember when all of us we were in her shoes, it's like five years from now potentially she's on the other side of, another side of the line as an instructor. It's just interesting to see the whole timeline play out," Nate said.
It has played out well for the family of Naval Aviators. Living up to the Flyers Cree taken everytime they get their wings.
The Creed reads: "my countrymen built the best airplane in the world and entrusted it to me. They trained me to fly it. I will use it to the absolute limit of my power."
Powerful words that resonate with each flyers soul.
For new pilots like LTJG Charlotte Thayer, the privilege of flying for her country sends a message to our young Americans.
"I hope young girls see this an option for them. I'm lucky that I had a mother that went before and me, showed me, maybe not necessarily told me all the time but showed me based on who she was as a role model that this was something that was easily achievable, something that was in reach for me," Charlotte said.
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