Detroit-based Flight Attendant Haley Sellers has been fascinated with aviation since she was a child. “My first flight was a trip to Disney World with my family when I was seven years old,” she recalls. “The flight attendant was so nice. She gave me a pair of wings and took me to meet the Captain. Ever since then, I knew I wanted to work in the air.”
After graduating from high school, Haley studied to become a pilot, and then changed her focus to Aviation Management. However, it wasn’t long before she decided that she had to get back in the air. As a GoJet Flight Attendant, she’s found a career that indulges her passion for aviation, while providing the perfect outlet for her infectious personality. “I’m a chatterbox,” she laughs. “I love meeting and talking to all different kinds of people, and immersing myself in other cultures.
When Haley’s not flying, she can be found volunteering at the Yankee Air Museum in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she takes part in the Rosie the Riveter tribute program. This one-of-a-kind program honors the millions of women who contributed to the WWII war effort by working in factories and shipyards, producing munitions and other war supplies. These women, who took over manufacturing jobs from men who had been called to war, were called “Rosie the Riveters.”
Program volunteers dress as the now iconic Rosie the Riveter image and educate visitors about women’s contributions to WWII, including their work at the Willow Run Bombing plant, where Rosie the Riveters built B-24 bombers. Recently, volunteer Rosies were also part of a large-scale campaign to save the Willow Run Bombing Plant from demolition. The campaign was successful, and the plant will soon be the new home of the Yankee Air Museum.
Haley has been involved in the Rosie the Riveter program since 2014. “It piqued my interest because it was a culmination of several things that I’ve always been passionate about, first and foremost being aviation,” she remarked. “I’ve also done ROTC my whole life, and I worked on cars with my dad growing up.”
Earlier this year, Haley and other fellow Rosies were invited to be a part of a commercial for Carhartt’s “All Hail Mom” Mother’s Day tribute.
Haley describes the shoot as both an exciting and eye-opening experience. “It turns out,” she recalls, “that the production company in charge of the shoot also works on Game of Thrones. They used real dirt and effects when they shot us pulling planes at different times throughout the day.”
Best of all, original Rosies came to the shoot to meet the tribute Rosies who are educating others about their legacy generations later.