Pilot honored for 50 years in aviation

June 19, 2013

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James F. Hyde of Granbury has received the Wilbur and Orville Wright Master Pilot Award by the Federal Aviation Administration for over 50 years of service in the aviation industry.

Hyde began his career while attending Denison High School in 1959. He then attended and graduated from North Texas University.

Hyde went on to be a flight instructor for the Air Force. He was an engineer and pilot for Braniff International from 1966 until they went out of business in 1982.

In 1986 he became a pilot and training check airman for United Airlines and retired in 2000 flying the 747-400 internationally.

After a few months of “attempted” retirement, he went to Southwest Airlines as an instructor pilot.

In 2009 Hyde began working toward his airframe and powerplant certification through the Tarrant County Community College program, completing the effort in 2011, after which he became an instructor at Tarrant County Community College.

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