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Flying high, the world's youngest jet pilot, Kate

By Neil Lancefield

Published 26/09/2016

Kate McWilliams
Kate McWilliams

A British woman, aged just 26, is believed to have become the world's youngest ever commercial airline captain, easyJet said.

Kate McWilliams, originally from Carlisle, said she gets quizzed about her age by cabin crew and passengers almost every day and most are "pleasantly surprised and impressed" when she tells them her age.

She began flying aged 13 in the Air Cadets before embarking on a training programme at CTC Aviation in Southampton on her 19th birthday.

In May 2011 she joined easyJet as a first officer and recently took up the rank of captain after passing the airline's command course.

An easyJet spokeswoman said the Luton-based airline has carried out research which leads it to believe she is the youngest commercial airline captain in the world.

Miss McWilliams said: "Personally, I don't think my age matters.

"I've been through the same training and passed the same command course as every other captain so I've proven myself capable regardless of my age."

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