From Singapore Girl to SilkAir pilot

Captain Vanessa Ess was the first female to make it into SilkAir's cadet pilot programme in 2001. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
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SINGAPORE - SilkAir pilot Captain Vanessa Ess grew up dreaming of the skies.

The only child of a Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilot and a lawyer, she spent her childhood watching planes take off and land at the old Paya Lebar Airport where her father reported for work.

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