The 100 / #41: Sarah Kelman

#41 Sarah Kelman Airline Captain Cambridge, UK

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    • Another day in the office begins in the rain. Here is my Airbus A320 co-pilot for the day as we prepare the aircraft for flight. -- Sarah Kelman
    • Another day in he office - when you're an airline pilot. Say goodbye to the rainy British summer! -- Sarah Kelman
    • View of the Dalmatian Coast - much sunnier than back at home. -- Sarah Kelman
    • The view past my window as we approach Dubrovnik -- Sarah Kelman
    • Final approach into Dubrovnik. -- Sarah Kelman
    • Another view from the 'pointy end' as we taxi into our stand at Dubrovnik. -- Sarah Kelman
    • Waiting for our turn to take-off. Last taste of warm sunshine before we return to Blighty. -- Sarah Kelman
    • Back home to low cloud and rain - oh well. -- Sarah Kelman
    • Wow! What a view! -- The 100 Team
    • Off again - this time looking south over the Thames Estuary and the River Medway. -- Sarah Kelman
    • Now some playtime - British Classic Yacht Challenge at Cowes, Isle of Wight. -- Sarah Kelman
    • The crew enjoy a quick cuppa before the day's racing begins. -- Sarah Kelman
    • A bit of bustle on the start line at the British Classic Yacht Club regata, Cowes. -- Sarah Kelman
    • All the wonderful yachts at the British Classic Yacht Club summer regatta dressed overall in Cowes. -- Sarah Kelman
    • SO BEAUTIFUL -- GUDRUN
    • Fife yacht "Eilean" which famously featured in Duran Duran's video for "Rio" and recently restored by Panerai. What a beauty. -- Sarah Kelman
    • A boy's best friend - Mr. Skeleton and a Dalek army. -- Sarah Kelman
    • A bit more family time as the kids try their hand at paddle boarding. -- Sarah Kelman
    • Who left the 100 project camera in reach of the kids?! -- Sarah Kelman
    • A pilot's nightmare - six monthly checks in the Simulator of Dooooom. -- Sarah Kelman
    • The Bridge of Terror leading to the Simulator of Doooom where we are trapped for four hours' of emergency training. -- Sarah Kelman
    • Kids deciding that it's too long to wait for Hallowe'en! -- Sarah Kelman
    • Table football with Daleks vs Cybermen / Weeping Angels. Who's the ref? Doctor Who of course! -- Sarah Kelman
    • Another day and another runway. 36R at Amsterdam today. -- Sarah Kelman
    • Self portrait as we wait for the next set of passengers. -- Sarah Kelman
    • When you get off a flight and leave all your rubbish behind, just remember that it's me and my crew who have to clean it up and remove all the snotty tissues and bits of half-eaten food - and we only get 7 minutes to do it! -- Sarah Kelman
    • Now we're in Bilbao. Home again soon. -- Sarah Kelman
    • And finally, some gliding. The Club Class National Championships in progress. -- Sarah Kelman
    • Rigging the gliders for flight. -- Sarah Kelman
    • In the queue for a launch in my lovely glider. -- Sarah Kelman
    • Enjoying the freedom of the skies in silence as I fly over Cambridgshire in my sailplane. We're often joined by buzzards and large red kites as we circle in thermals. -- Sarah Kelman
    • Glider's eye view of my home club. -- Sarah Kelman
    • Exporing southern England with nothing but the currents of air for propulsion. Bliss! -- Sarah Kelman

About Sarah

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
Just because you reach 40 doesn’t mean you have to stop living your life.
By day, I am a mild-mannered airline captain, flying hundreds of passengers around Europe in an Airbus A319.
Once I get home, it is back to the mundanity of being wife and mother of two young children.
On my days off, I prefer to swap a jet for a glider, and have flown my sailplane to two World championship titles.
By night, I return to my goth roots and don black lace and corsets to visit clubs and venues as DJ and muso.
Welcome to a typical week in my diverse and busy life.

What one thing are you most proud of in your 41 years so far?
Being Women’s World Gliding Champion three times, albeit with the ignominy of each being with a different surname…

What one thing do you hope to have achieved by the age of 100?
Sail around the world with my husband in our yacht. Whilst I am flying, he enjoys nothing better than to mess about on the water. I am immensely proud of the fact that he sailed to the UK from Australia in a 10m wooden vessel.

What piece of advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
Don’t be so bossy and make sure you follow you dream – it is really true that you can do anything you want to if you try hard enough.

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