First Woman Pilot For First T5 Flight

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The first female pilot to fly for British Airways will also be flying the first plane to land at Heathrow's new Terminal 5.

Now 51, Captain Lynn Barton become BA's first woman pilot in 1987 and will be the flight commander on BA026 from Hong Kong which will arrive at BAA Heathrow's Terminal 5 on Thursday 27th March.

British Airways asked for pilots to bid for the command of the first flight to Terminal 5 last month and Captain Barton applied, at the prompting of her husband, while on holiday in Barbados - a process that meant dragging herself off the beach and to a computer.

Captain Barton stated: "I never thought of anything other than being a pilot when I was growing up. I'm already planning my passenger announcement for the first ever landing at T5." Barton went on to state that "Terminal 5 has been the focus of the airline's future for several years now, and to operate the very first flight is a huge honour. I can't wait."

Lynn Barton took her first flying lesson when she was 16 and become one of the airline's captains in 1996. British Airways now has 175 female pilots.

Terminal 5 at stands at a staggering 40 metres high, 396 metres long and 176 metres wide. It's roof alone weighs a total of 18,500 tonnes. A total 5,500 glass panels, equalling 30,000sq metres, form the sides of the building and provide a light and airy space for passengers to enjoy. The terminal was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on March 14th, describing it as "a 21st Century gateway to Britain."

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