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Hilbert, Jane Dulaney, 1911-2004



  • Existence: 1911 - 2004

Mary Jane Dulaney Hilbert was born in Bristol, Tennessee on March 16, 1911 to Fred and Grace Dulaney. She spent her childhood in Bristol, attended public elementary school, and graduated from Bristol High School in 1928. In 1930, she received a two-year diploma from Arlington Hall College in Clarendon, Virginia.

Jane Dulaney’s career as a pilot began in1931 when she became the first woman in Virginia to earn a private pilot’s license. From 1933 to 1934, she was an airline hostess for Eastern Transport, flying the Washington, D.C., to Miami route in Condor biplanes that seated 24 passengers. When the federal government canceled its airmail contracts with air carriers in 1934, Eastern lost income and cut back some of its services. Air hostesses were eliminated. Jane Dulaney returned to Bristol in 1934 to become a station manager for American Airlines. In 1937, she was replaced by a male manager.

In 1937, with the building of McKellar Field (now Tri-City Regional Airport), air traffic moved from Bristol to Blountville, Tennessee. At that time, Jane Dulaney took a job with Appalachian Flying Services (AFS). From 1939 to 1943, she was an instructor with the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) training future pilots from East Tennessee State College and King College.

In February 1942, Dulaney married Louis Hilbert, the owner of AFS. She managed AFS while he served in the military in World War II. On his return, she became a vice president for AFS and ran the flight school, activities she continued until the Hilberts sold AFS in 1968. Jane Dulaney Hilbert died in Johnson City, Tennessee on May 13, 2004.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Joseph Louis and Jane Dulaney Hilbert Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-112
Arrangement The collection is arranged in five series: Series 1, Personal Papers, 1908-1990s, undated; Series 2, Newspaper Articles and Printed Materials, 1930s-1990, undated; Series 3, Photographs, Negatives, Slides, and Motion Pictures; Series 4, Plaques; and Series 5, Oversized Materials.
Dates: 1908-1990