New York: A Swedish blonde women Maria Pettersson, a beautiful pilot, is making everyone jealous with her stunning globe-trotting antics.
Her series of cockpit selfies sitting inside an aircraft engine turbine and operating the controls in preparation for take-off and other images which shows the blonde pilot’s airplane lunch, relaxing as she practices yoga on a sunny beach and taking some time out to paddle board have gone viral on social media with 126,000 followers.
Maria claims that she started the Instagram page after moving to Palermo, Italy, to let her friends and family see her everyday life at work after becoming a pilot at 25.
She said: “After posting a few aviation related photos I realized how much bigger the world of aviation really is”.
“There is everything from pilots, ground crew, flight spotters, flight simulator pilots- the list can be long.”
“I loved the positive feedback I was getting and all the curious questions from young aviators asking about how to become a pilot or flight simulator pilots asking about a specific procedure.”
Maria became a commercial pilot aged 30 and regularly flies a Boeing 737 which can hold almost 200 passengers, has a wingspan of 111 feet and ranges from 102 feet to 138 feet in length.
She faced tough competition to become a commercial pilot and had to save up for years.
She said: “I never thought becoming a pilot was an option for me due to the high costs and the fact that most pilots were men.”
“The more I thought about it the more I wanted it and I knew it was the perfect fit for me. Have you ever had that feeling when you feel that something is just right for you? That was the feeling I had.”
“My story is about strong females in a male dominated environment. Proving that we are just as good as them. Believing in ourselves and keeping a positive attitude towards life.”