Jerusalem Melke

An Aspiring Pilot Veers into a Career as a JetBlue Aircraft Mechanic

In training, Jerusalem Melke found she focused more on how planes work than how to fly them
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By Hilary Potkewitz

Jerusalem Melke has spent more sleepless nights at John F. Kennedy International Airport than even the most road-weary frequent flier, although she is there by design. Melke is an aircraft technician for JetBlue Airways, and her workday starts at 10 p.m. “The terminal is pretty desolate at night, but outside the hangar it’s bustling,” she said.

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