From Singapore Girl to SilkAir pilot

Captain Vanessa Ess was the first female to make it into SilkAir's cadet pilot programme in 2001.
Captain Vanessa Ess was the first female to make it into SilkAir's cadet pilot programme in 2001.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

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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