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Airline captain takes to the skies in a packed Boeing 737… with his 19-year-old SON as co-pilot

June 13, 2017 11:37 AM
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Alex Kempton became a professional pilot with airline Norwegian when he was just 18 and now, at 19, has just co-piloted a Boeing 737 with his captain father, David.

It's the first time in the airline's 15-year history that a service has been flown by a father-and-son combination – and MailOnline Travel can reveal the journey in a series of fascinating step-by-step pictures.

The pair, from Kenilworth, Warwickshire, flew 180 passengers on a brand-new multi-million pound Boeing 737-800 aircraft on a four-and-a-half-hour flight from Tenerife South Airport to Birmingham Airport recently.

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Alex Kempton became the youngest pilot at Europe's third largest low-cost airline at the age of 19 last September, just two years after starting flight school. Alex was offered his first professional pilot job from Norwegian at 18, just a week before his 19th birthday, and only two years after watching aircraft at Coventry Airport with his dad as a young aviation enthusiast.

Norwegian arranged for David and Alex to fly together as part of Alex's flight training as David is a training captain, giving him the chance to train his son at his first airline job.

David Kempton, 54, has 30 years' flying experience logging more than 14,000 hours which has seen him work for several airlines and fly private jets for the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, 90s pop groups and even a former Prime Minister. David joined Norwegian in 2013 and is currently the most senior pilot at Norwegian's Tenerife base.

Base Chief Captain David Kempton said: 'It's truly an honour to take to the skies and share the cockpit with my son as Norwegian pilots.

Alex said: 'I never would have thought my first pilot job would involve getting trained by my dad as this has never been done before at Norwegian.

David and Alex grew up in Warwickshire and share many hobbies beyond the cockpit which includes playing rugby, golf and the piano. The pair also like to go from flying to fly-fishing when time allows from their busy schedules.

The Kemptons are truly a 'high-flying' family as Alex's older sister is currently a cabin crew member with another airline and is married to a pilot.

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