Woman plays two roles: Thunderbird pilot and mother




Posted on May 31, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 1 at 8:42 AM

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash.—A Thunderbird pilot who was making history was at SkyFest on Saturday. Major Caroline Jensen was the third female pilot ever in Thunderbird history. She was also the first Thunderbird pilot to be a mother.

"It's all really safe. And I wouldn't say it's a whole lot of adrenaline rush. But it is a lot of fun,” said Major Jensen.

In addition to being a Thunderbird pilot, Major Jensen was also a mother to a five-year-old boy.

 "My first year on the team, he was three-and-a-half. He had a hard time with it, because he didn't get a nap, he didn't get a good lunch,” said Major Jensen.

Major Jensen was the first pilot in Thunderbird history who was also a mother.

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''It's really not my accomplishment, but is my husband's accomplishment. And that really kind of pays tribute to all the people in the military out there where you have spouses, be it husband or wife at home with the kids taking care of everything while we're out deployed and away from home,” said Major Jensen.

Major Jensen said she knew her son would always be her number one fan.

"So I feel pretty lucky to have a little son that gets to watch his mom do this every now and then. And to go out there and inspire other kids to do what I did,” said Major Jensen.

Major Jensen said she would see her husband and son in June while the Thunderbirds performed at a show in Illinois.