Though Bonnie enjoyed the time at home with her son, she says, “I realized that I was a mom, wife, AND a pilot. Without flying, I was missing a whole piece of me. I wish I’d known how hard it would be to have a family while continuing military service and flying airplanes, but if someone had told me along my way, I wouldn’t have listened. I wanted to fly airplanes, and nothing was going to stop me! It is a challenge, a lot of work, and sometimes a sacrifice, but then, aren’t some of life’s most wonderful things made out of these?"
"I envisioned (my son) piloting a make-believe airplane, wearing my helmet and one of my flight suits, asking me what it was like to fly low and fast through mountains or to tell him again what a “kick in the pants” it was to be catapulted off an aircraft carrier,”
Lt. Col. Christine Mau
"Near the end of my three-year tour, I became pregnant.” Christine considered leaving the Air Force after her daughter was born. “I quickly realized I am a happier person working, and I also LOVE flying the F-15E." READ MORE ABOUT LT. COL. MAU