34-year-old man finally achieves dream of becoming a pilot, surprises mother with first flight


34-year-old, Jerome Lawrence has finally achieved becoming a pilot and also flying his mother on her first-ever flight home after his father’s death.


Jerome, A United Airlines pilot from Tobago surprised his mom with a flight back home after their fathers death. He told GMA that it took him years to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot after he began flight lessons at 17. T

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He credits all of his achievements to his parents, mom Gwendoline Lawrence and late dad John Lawrence adding that they knew about his dream and they supported him. So when he realized he had the chance to surprise his mom on a trip home to their hometown, he jumped at the opportunity.

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“I always wanted to fly my mom and dad as an airline pilot because they saw the dream. They saw me through it all so it was always a goal of mine to do that,” he said.

Jerome mentioned that he used the opportunity and did not wait “for the perfect moment” to fly his 62-year-old mother considering just four months ago, his father died on Christmas Day, and he did not have the opportunity to fly him during his lifetime.



With the help of his fellow United Airlines staffers, he pulled the surprise Onboard United Flight 2353, from Houston to Port of Spain in Trinidad.


“The biggest thing was her seeing me before we got to the plane. But everyone from the gate agents to the flight attendants, even my captain, everyone was like, ‘OK, cool. Let’s make this happen,” he said.

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