James Herbert Brockett

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

James Herbert Brockett was born in Lincoln Center, Kansas back in 1893.  He was a member of the First Christian Church in Omaha, Nebraska where he sang in the choir.  He served in World War I as a pilot instructor at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, being discharged as a first lieutenant in 1919.

After the war, he became an airmail pilot.  He worked with the Postal Service and local civic leader to set up a system of navigational beacons and emergency landing strips.  In 1925, he worked at National Air Transport Inc which later became United Airlines.  He flew the DC-3 flying passenger flights, later becoming a vice president of the company.  He died in 1945 from malaria.

What you may not know about James is that he was adopted and took on the last name of his adoptive parents Knight. He also was the American pilot who made the first overnight transcontinental air mail delivery in 1921.

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Comments (18)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - so that was before Charles Lindbergh but it must not have been non stop.

Feb 24, 2021 03:16 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Feb 24, 2021 04:03 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Flying at night back then with no beacons or lights must have been a nightmare!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 24, 2021 04:08 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like he was quite a pilot in his day.  Another person that I had not heard about before today.

Feb 24, 2021 04:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... had no idea that United Airlines' history went that far back. Can't imagine flying in the dark back in the day.

Feb 24, 2021 05:16 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Mr Brockett obviously saw a different light.   

Feb 24, 2021 05:23 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

He obviously not only loved to fly but loved the whole industry of flight. Thanks for the interesting story James Dray .

Feb 24, 2021 05:38 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. He was truly a pioneer who set the bar for others to climb over. Enjoy your day.

Feb 24, 2021 05:55 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

There are so many ordinary people doing extraordinary things. 

Feb 24, 2021 06:22 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray and thank you once again for another interesting biography

Feb 24, 2021 07:05 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

I'm slow off the blocks today...

Feb 24, 2021 07:34 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - My husband will appreciate this history. We met in college where he was taking courses to be a commercial pilot.  Of course, that never happened!

Feb 24, 2021 07:51 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another one of your great stories.  We are constantly evolving thanks to pioneers like James Brockett.  A

Feb 24, 2021 08:14 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

So you could say James Knight always delivered. It appears that he got malaria at the same time my father did in WW2. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

Feb 24, 2021 08:24 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS You are a brave man to have gone there... 😆 Argh, just for clarity - the pun! My sorrow for your father, it's my understanding malaria is a miserable illness. Lauren

Feb 24, 2021 10:21 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I so admire the men and women who dared to pave the way for us as they did. 

Feb 24, 2021 11:23 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It takes a special kind of bravery to do what he did. He certainly left his mark on the aviation industry.

Feb 24, 2021 02:54 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

quite a story - the mail needs him and his services now!  The postal service needs all the help it can get

Feb 25, 2021 04:34 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

He certainly contributed to a bit of aviation history!


Feb 25, 2021 07:51 PM

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