Jill Elaine Brown

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Jill Elaine Brown as born in Baltimore, Maryland back in 1950. By the age of 11 she was driving a forklift at her father’s construction business and at 17 started taking flying lessons. Graduating from Arundel High School she enrolled at the University of Maryland studying economics. Afterwards she worked as a teacher, but that was not to be. She joined the US Navy in 1974 for flight training.

The US Military was not to her liking either so she was honorably discharged after only six months. By her own admission she stated that she couldn’t “keep her mouth shut”, making some major mistakes.

What you may not know about Jill is that she was the first African-American woman to become a pilot for a major American passenger airline. In 1978, she joined the Texas International Airlines. She left just one year later, she worked for Zantop International Airlines until 1985 when she retired.

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Comments (18)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray wow.... that's an incredible accomplishment.... I wonder how many women are presently pilots...

Apr 17, 2019 03:15 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 Being the first one in your field is always the hardest but the accolades give an appreciation for all the hard work, James Dray 

Apr 17, 2019 03:37 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Quite the accomplishment.

I would assume she would not make it in real estate not know when to keep quiet!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 17, 2019 05:08 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Some people put their mouth in drive before taking their brain out of park. Few can achieve her level of success. Enjoy your day!

Apr 17, 2019 05:21 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Sounds like an anxious, but free spirit. Have a wonderful day.

Apr 17, 2019 05:55 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... I always love reading about "ground breaking" women and their accomplishments. I just always wish more of them were better known to serve as inspirations to young women today.

Apr 17, 2019 06:19 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - she had a full life and she followed her passion.

Apr 17, 2019 06:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Apr 17, 2019 07:17 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That's an early retirment for someone so accomplished. I bet she is doing great things now.

Apr 17, 2019 07:24 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like a very good woman and I am sure if we had more people in the world that couldn't keep their mouths shut, the world might be a better place.  I believe in honesty.

Apr 17, 2019 07:36 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I was thinking the same thing Sheila Anderson was, Jill was a free spirit James Dray .

Apr 17, 2019 08:02 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Interesting James about this gal.  She also retired at a early age.  Thanks for letting us know about her.


Apr 17, 2019 08:04 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Beautiful story, James.  A nice achievement~!  Hope you are having a great day.

Apr 17, 2019 09:25 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I haven't looked any deeper James, however, I would like to know how she was able to retire at 35. I want to read that book!

Apr 17, 2019 10:35 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I like a smart, outspoken woman and when I read that she left the military because she "couldn't keep her mouth shut" it made me chuckle.

Apr 17, 2019 02:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I wonder what she is doing now? Or is she still with us?

Apr 17, 2019 05:59 PM
James Dray

I have no clue, but as far as I can tell she is still with us

Apr 18, 2019 12:57 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  She really sounds like a mover and a shaker - always looking for something she felt more comfortable doing.  Thanks for sharing.

Apr 17, 2019 07:41 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James what a great story!  Now women pilots are common place, but it took this lady to break through.  A

Apr 17, 2019 08:40 PM