Pilot who posts cockpit selfies and bikini pics is the latest Instagram sensation.

Pilot who posts cockpit selfies and bikini pics is the latest Instagram sensation.
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Maria Pettersson has forever earned her place in the Western canon of Instagram stars by combining sexy photos with travel photos with a healthy dose of feminist empowerment.

"My story is about strong females in a male dominated environment," says the 32-year-old Ryanair pilot. "Proving that we are just as good as them. Believing in ourselves and keeping a positive attitude towards life."

You could say Maria Pettersson is taking the internet by storm, but then you'd have to slam your ears in an oven door for using that metaphor. But you get it. Cleanse your palette with more photos.

Originally from Sweden, Maria started flying when she was 25. Just small planes at first, before she eventually found a job flying a Boeing 737 for Ryanair. She now lives in Sicily, where she returns after leading flights all around the continent.

Meanwhile, Maria's blog gives advice to aspiring pilots while chronicling her journey across the skies, turbulence and all!. Check it out, or just enjoy her Instagram.

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The world is best seen up side down 🙃🙃🤣#handstand

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Better together as a team 💪

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