EAA Director Emeritus David Jameson Passes Away
January 6, 2011 — David Jameson, EAA 15612, who served as an EAA Foundation Director from 1972 to 1996 and, for a time, as vice president, passed away December 30, 2010, at the age of 90. An active aircraft owner and restorer, Jameson owned two notable replicas: Oshkosh ’70 Grand Champion Winnie Mae Lockheed Vegaand Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis,which he loaned to the EAA museum in 1971. Jameson, a longtime resident of the Oshkosh area, was a key part in the drive to bring the EAA to Oshkosh.
David Jameson had his first airplane ride in a 1932 Curtiss-Wright Junior and soloed in a brand new Aeronca C-3 in 1937. In WWII, he was training as a B-29 co-pilot when Japan surrendered. For the EAA, Jameson served in many roles, including president of the Vintage Aircraft Division in the early 1970s.
In 1970, Jameson won Grand Champion honors for his Lockheed Vega replica that was painted in the style of Wiley Post’s Winnie Mae. That aircraft now resides at Kermit Weeks’ Fantasy of Flight Museum in Florida. In 1971 he loaned his replica Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis to the EAA Museum and later hatched the idea for the 1977 tour of an EAA Spirit of St. Louis replica.
His extensive involvement in EAA was driven by his philosophy about the nature and mission of the organization, according to a statement he made in the June 1985 issue of Vintage Aircraft: “The answer for me, then and now, is fellowship, a common interest, and each of us helping the other, whether it be mowing, patching fabric, or wiping oil.”
David Jameson also owned Historic Aircraft Inc. in Oshkosh. One of his passions was collecting autographs and memorabilia of famous aviators. EAA Librarian Sue Lurvey said that he often bought, sold, and traded photographs and books that were signed by various luminaries in aviation.