Ernest Brothers spent 37 years as a pilot for American Airlines and of the more than 30,000 flight hours he logged in his career, he’ll never forget his final moments as a pilot.
Touching down in Dallas after a flight from Hong Kong, Brothers wasn’t expecting the reception he received on the final day of his career as he stepped out of the cockpit.
“I came out and every passenger was still on board and they were all clapping,” Brothers said. “I shook every one of their hands. It was a great feeling.”
The Gulf Breeze resident was recognized earlier this summer at a ceremony that honored American Airlines employees with at least 45 years of service and pilots with 35 or more years of service. He can’t say enough about the memories he made and the experiences he had while flying for the airline.
“I was blessed with a great career. I had my health and that was key to flying for as long as I did,” Brothers said. “I worked with a lot of great people and saw the beauty of the world. It was a dream come true.”
That dream began when he was his child. His father was in the military and Brothers spent a lot of time traveling because of it.
“I loved it,” Brothers said. “I always watched the planes and wanted to fly one when I got older. I ended up becoming a Navy pilot and spent six years doing that.”
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