GRAPEVINE, Texas -- An American Airlines flight from Washington, D.C., to Dallas is believed to have made aviation history as the first commericial jetliner to carry an all-female crew.
A crew of seven women commanded both the cockpit and cabin of American Airlines Flight 412 as the Boeing 727 touched down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in fog at 8:52 a.m. Monday.
'Our entire flight crew, including the flight attendants, was made up entirely of women,' said Capt. Beverly Bass of Arlington, Texas. 'It was wonderful, and I hope to do it again.'
About 150 passengers and spectators crowded around Gate 35 to greet the crew.
'This is really exciting,' Bass said. 'The flight was fantastic, and the co-pilot ended it by making one of the most beautiful landings ever.'
Bass, co-pilot Terry Claridge and flight engineer Tracy Prior all wore red roses on their lapels.
American officials say the company did not deliberately schedule the women to make the trip together and had no plan to make aviation history.
'The women arranged this themselves,' airline spokesman John Hotard said.
'Beverly Bass is flying reserve, so she traded flights with another pilot. The other two women got together and worked it out with other crews so they could end up with all seven crew members being women,' Hotard said.
'It was inevitable a flight like this would happen, and I was glad to be a part of it,' Prior said.
Six weeks ago, Bass became the first woman to win her captain's stripes for a commercial airline.
An American spokeswoman said the all-female crew was a first for the airline and is believed to have been a first for any commercial jetliner.