Vail woman has flying gene |

Vail woman has flying gene

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyStephanie Pitcher, from Vail, flies regional jets for a living. She followed her father and aunt into the profession.

VAIL – Flying is in Stephanie Pitcher’s blood.

Her dad, Vail resident Tom Pitcher, served as a captain for Delta airlines for more than three decades. And Stephanie’s aunt just won a congressional medal of honor for flying planes during World War II.

So it comes as no surprise that Stephanie herself became a pilot for Air Wisconsin, flying under U.S. Airways Express.

“It’s the best job in the world,” she said.

Stephanie still spends time in Vail, though she lives in Golden now and commutes to Philadelphia, Penn., for work.

Last month, Stephanie traveled to Capitol Hill to see her aunt, Margaret Phelan Taylor of Palo Alto, Calif., honored with fellow surviving members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. They were the first women in history trained to fly military aircraft. Despite their service, the women weren’t granted military status until the 1970s.

“They really didn’t get as much recognition as they deserved,” Pitcher said. “They weren’t considered military. They were considered civilians.”

Stephanie Pitcher’s flying genes don’t stop with her aunt, either. Her uncle and three cousins are pilots as well.

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