Air Canada's first female pilot retires

Captain Judy Cameron, Air Canada's first female pilot, has retired as a Boeing 777 captain after 37 years of flying. She was hired by the airline in 1978 when she was 23 years old.

Cameron's final flight before retirement took her to Toronto. She touched down at Pearson International Airport after a flight from Munich. Crews sprayed the Boeing 777 with a "water cannon salute" in her honour as the aircraft taxied to the gate.

“For 37 years I have enjoyed the best career in the world. Some flights were more memorable than others, such as the 'Dream Take Flights' Air Canada charity trip, flying children to Disneyland and chaperoning them for the day," said Captain Judy Cameron. “I flew the DC-9, L-1011, and B767 as First Officer and the DC-9, Airbus 320, B-767 and B-777 as Captain. What I will miss most is the teamwork, professionalism and camaraderie demonstrated by the pilots, flight attendants, engineers, agents and many more employees who I have met over the years. Thank you to the Air Canada family! It has been a privilege to work with all of you!"

-- Anna Fernandes, AC