Captain Beverley Bass

  • Born in Ft. Myers Florida.  Grew up showing quarter horses with her family for 10 years as a young girl.
  • Wanted to fly since I was 8.  Parents wouldn’t let me when I turned 16 due to the horse operation.  Wanted to keep my interest there.
  • Left for TCU in the summer of 1970
  • Went home for the summer after freshman year.  Drove my car to the local airport in Ft. Myers and signed up for flying lessons
  • Came home from my first flight and told my parents I would fly for the rest of my life
  • went back to TCU for my sophomore year and promptly enrolled in a flight school at Meacham Airport
  • I generally took early morning classes so I could go straight to the airport afterwards to continue my flight lessons
  • Got my first job while still in school flying for a ft. worth mortician.  flew one body at a time in a small single engine airplane for $5 /hour
  • Flew for several corporations and flight instructed.  then went to Love field to fly night freight 5 nights a week
  • Got hired by American in October 1976 as its third female pilot.
  • Ten years later became American’s first female Captain
  • Flew the B-727, MD 80, DC 10, B757, B767 and retired with 10 years on the B-777
  • Had an incredible unblemished 32 year career with the world’s largest airline
  • On September 11, 2001 I was flying from Paris to Dallas when we learned the World Trade Center had been hit.  Shortly thereafter we learned the 2nd tower had been hit and with that came orders to land in Gander, Newfoundland immediately.
  • We were the 36th out of 38 airplanes to touchdown in Gander in a 3 hour time frame.  It is a town with no infrastructure, a population of 9,400 and we showed up with nearly 7,000 passengers and crew who stayed for 5 days.
  • Went back to Gander for the 10th anniversary and was interviewed by 2 playwrights
  • Summer of 2015 we were invited to the world premier opening of the musical that had been written by David Hein and Irene Sankoff called “Come From Away”
  • It played to sellout crowds in San Diego, Seattle, D.C., Gander, and Toronto before opening on Broadway where it is a smash hit and will be there indefinitely
  • Currently living in Argyle, TX and married to Tom Stawicki. We have two children.  Our son is 26 and lives in San Marcos.  Our daughter is 25 and is currently a pilot with American Eagle and hopefully soon with American Airlines…the legacy lives on!!