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Sarah Amerena

FO B747-400 / 747-8F / 747-LCF (Dreamlifter)

Atlas Air

Sarah Amerena

"I don't really remember a time when I didn't want to fly. I was fortunate enough to try my hands at the controls for the first time when I was about 7 and a family friend took me up after I'd been begging and pleading with them for a long time. I loved every second of it and from that time on, there really wasn't anything else (NASA didn't want to give me a space shuttle to play with).

As a teenager, I was a member of my local Air Training Corps squadron in the UK, which allowed me to get some occasional flying along with lots of other great RAF experiences. Through the RAF I was also awarded a flying scholarship at 18, which paid for 30 hours towards my PPL.

Life intervened and it took me a long time to get around to flying professionally. I worked in various jobs and I'm really glad that I brought a diverse background of management, planning and experience to the cockpit when I finally joined the airlines. It's never too late! I worked for a couple of large US regionals flying Embraer 145, 175 and CRJ 700's. I met my wonderful husband/(49 1/2) during a month of flying together and moved out to the UAE when he was offered a job with Emirates. That also led me to the Arabian Section of the 99's, who are the most incredible and inspiring group of ladies I've ever known.

I now have my dream job flying the 747-400 (cargo and occasionally passengers), 747-8F and the 747-LCF (Dreamlifter) for Atlas Air. A great deal of credit for that goes to the ladies in this section who unfailingly supported my crazy goals with determination, humour and love."

Sarah Amerena


Sarah Amerena
First Officer B747-400 / 747-8F / 747-LCF (Dreamlifter) for Atlas Air

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