Bachelor Nation’s Peter Weber, pilot and children’s book author, recently fulfilled a long-held dream: He flew second-in-command to his father, Peter Weber Sr., a now-retired United Airlines pilot.
On April 15, 2022, the father and son pair, accompanied by their family, flew roundtrip from Los Angeles to New York, where a surprise celebration was held to commemorate Weber Sr.’s retirement from a 37-year career with United Airlines.
After completing extensive training throughout March, the former Bachelor was named a United Airlines Boeing 787 Pilot, allowing him to serve as first officer on his father’s final flight, United 526. The first officer, or copilot, is responsible for assisting the captain in the cockpit with air travel while ensuring passenger safety. This was a dream Weber and his father shared for many years.
“It was extremely special; Pure magic is the best way to describe it. It was the greatest flight of my career. I’ll never forget it,” Weber said.
Having recently published a children’s book, The Adventures of Pilot Pete, Weber felt that flying alongside his father was an example of how the childhood dreams he wrote about manifested in his real life. In his book, which takes readers through Weber’s uplifting journey of becoming a pilot, he credits his father for instilling a passion for flying within him.
“From a very early age, I looked up to my dad as my hero. I wanted to be just like him. He definitely inspired me to follow in his footsteps growing up,” Weber said.
Weber shared that many of the illustrations found in his children’s book are based on actual photographs from his childhood and life. He enjoyed revisiting his childhood memories during the writing process, with the goal of creating a book that helps encourage young readers to follow their dreams.
“My hope is that this book inspires kids to find the thing that makes them feel most alive. I want my story to inspire them to live out that passion. No dream is too big,” Weber said.
To purchase a signed copy of The Adventures of Pilot Pete, visit theadventuresofpilotpete.com.