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Jill Elaine Brown-Hiltz: 1st African American Female Pilot For A Major U.S. Airline

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Jill Elaine Brown-Hiltz

 

You may be familiar with Bessie Coleman, who made aviation history as the first African American female licensed pilot in the U.S. in 1922. After Bessie Coleman, there have been a number of black female pilots who have also been aviation trailblazers. One such trailblazer, is Jill Brown-Hiltz (1950 – ), who became the first African American female airline pilot to work for a major airline in 1978.  Continue reading “Jill Elaine Brown-Hiltz: 1st African American Female Pilot For A Major U.S. Airline”

Warren Wheeler: The 1st African American To Own An Airline

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Warren Wheeler was the first African American to own an airline in 1969 when he founded Wheeler Airlines. The airline flew more than 40,000 passengers annually.  Wheeler was born on October 1, 1943, in Durham, North Carolina. Wheeler’s sister, was the catalyst for his interest in flying. She actually started taking flying lessons before him. She took him on an airplane ride which piqued his interest in flying. He then began to take lessons and received his private pilots license at age 15. Continue reading “Warren Wheeler: The 1st African American To Own An Airline”

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