Texas woman back in the air after two-decade break

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After staying home to raise her four kids, a retired Air Force pilot from Texas is back in the cockpit.

For more than two decades, Tamaron Nicklas, left the flying to her husband Larry, and watched life unfold with her feet planted firmly on the ground. She had four kids in six years and thought she needed to be home.

The daughter of an Air Force pilot, Nicklas followed in his footsteps.

She met her husband at the Air Force Academy, piloting refuelers while he flew fighter jets. She went on to teach. Then, it was time to start their family.

Fast forward 24 years, and Nicklas learned about someone in a previous class who stayed home with her kids and got back into flying. That inspired her to give it a try again.

After two years of adapting to new technology and flying alongside pilots her childrens’ age, Nicklas got hired at Southwest Airlines, where her husband, Captain Nicklas, got to join her for her inaugural flight.

It’s not just the couple who fly in the Nicklas family. Their two oldest kids followed them to the Air Force Academy.

Now both, along with one of their wives, fly F-16s as the third generation of Air Force pilots in the family.

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