XJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2505 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3070 times:
Your wife has to be very, very, very flexible. However, not being married myself I do have this story to tell.
I worked for XJ in TOL. There would be this pilot who will send his wife/mistress/girlfriend one flight ahead of him on all of his overnights so that she would be there every time. Infact I think that he was banned from DTW ops for delaying flights. LOL
Philsquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2995 times:
Difficult question. I personally have been married for over 20 years. From my perspective it's been easy, but it takes a special kind of woman. There is a certain amount of independence she has to have. It seems like the only time cars break, plumbing leaks, appliances quit and kids get sick are when I am on a trip. So, she has to be able to handle those things, and I have to make sure I don't criticize what she's done.
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3568 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2945 times:
In a word..... no. The majority of pilots remain married to the same spouse their entire career. The minority who do not get all the "press." OTOH, it does take someone special to be the spouse of an airline pilot. Then again, it usually takes someone special to remain married for any length of time anyway. Thankfully, after 21 years things are still getting better for me.
*NO CARRIER* -- A Naval Aviator's worst nightmare!
BritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2893 times:
I was on a United flight the other day and got a chance to speak to the Captain. He said it was very very difficult, however, it can be done and is. He told me about a friend of his who works for Singapore Airlines, but his family is in Scotland.
Funniest thing he said though (and in his own words)
"No matter how much our wives trust us they always think we out screwing stewardesses"