Hazel Jane Raines

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Hazel Jane Raines was born in Waynesboro, Georgia back in 1916 to Frank and Bessie. Graduating from Wesleyan College in 1936 with a liberal arts degree. I could not find what she did immediately after graduation however, she earned her pilot’s license in 1938. She earned a living as a stunt pilot at local aviation shows.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Civilian Pilot Training Act in 1939 she joined up. She was one of 2,500 females to qualify. By 1941, she had received her flight instructor’s rating. She also held a commercial pilot’s license with a documented 1,300 hours of flying time. Her job was to fly military aircraft from a safe place to the nearest theater of war. To do that she had to fly undetected by enemy radar, using no navigational instruments, no radio contact and with no ammunition.

After WWII, she came back to the United States where in 1949, she joined the Woman in the Air Force (WAFS) as a second lieutenant. She was transferred to London where she fell ill and died in 1956. What you may not know about Hazel is that she was the first woman pilot in Georgia. She is listed in the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and pray for those serving this country.


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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... another great woman about whom we should all know more instead of all the drivel about Kardashians, Mylie Cyrus, etc.

May 25, 2018 03:47 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another forward thinking female who led the way....

May 25, 2018 03:49 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. With nerves of steel, nobody messed with Hazel! Enjoy your day!

May 25, 2018 04:43 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

'll second Nina Hollander answer!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 25, 2018 04:53 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

She was a brave pilot and what a journey for a women back in those days.

May 25, 2018 05:02 AM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Well I certainly never heard of Hazel so am glad you brought her to our attention. I so agree with Nina Hollander with her comment!

May 25, 2018 05:36 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

In those days women just had to do it better. I bet not a lot of men could fly without aids like she did.

May 25, 2018 06:45 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful story, and I just love and appreciate Nina Hollander comment.  If the news media would include stories like this, think of the inspiration it would give our young women!  A

May 25, 2018 07:10 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - Hazel Jane is another heroic figure of women who served in WWII.

May 25, 2018 08:09 AM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Wow, James, so impressive. Too bad her life was cut so short. Imagine what else she might have accomplished?!


May 25, 2018 11:30 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, what a great story about Hazel. She is a real pioneer and heroine in aviation.

May 25, 2018 03:10 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- how interesting and how brave she and the others who did this were!!!

May 25, 2018 04:45 PM #12
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Wow, what a brave and courageous pilot! How did this never get mentioned.

May 26, 2018 11:28 AM #13
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Another amazing life story, James.  She was still a young woman pilot and very brave.  Cannot help wonder what she would have still done in life had she not died so young.

May 27, 2018 10:01 AM #14
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