Sunday, March 3, 2024

Bajan in the cockpit

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There was lots of excitement at Grantley International Airport yesterday.

After a 19-year build-up, Barbadian pilot Ophneil Kellman Jr finally brought it home.

At 37, Kellman has sat in many a captain’s seat, but had never touched down on home soil.

That dream came true yesterday just before 1 p.m. when JetBlue touched down, and the beaming captain said it was “sweet”.

Kellman’s magic moment was shared with his wife Lisette, who accompanied him on the flight from New York, and parents Ophneil and Margaret, who met him near the tarmac.

Here, Captain Kellman (second left), wife Lisette (right) and parents Margaret (left) and Ophneil were all smiles at the realisation of his dream.

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