Leeward Remembered at EAA
EAA Founder Paul Poberezny speaks at the Jimmy Leeward memorial service held at EAA's Fergus Chapel. EAA photo by Jim Koepnick
A lone T-6 breaks from the formation in the missing man flyover at the conclusion of Friday's memorial service at EAA for Jimmy Leeward. EAA photo by Jim Koepnick
September 30, 2011 – Jimmy Leeward, the EAA director who died when his racing aircraft crashed during the National Championship Air Races at Reno, Nevada, on September 16, was remembered by EAA members, directors, and staff today in a brief memorial service at the Fergus Chapel on the EAA grounds.
"I lost a good friend," said EAA Founder Paul Poberezny, who recalled first meeting Leeward in Indiana when Paul landed at the Leeward family aviation business.
The gathering recalled Leeward, whose family was holding its own memorial service in Ocala, Florida, today. EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower is attending that event. A memorial fund in Jimmy's name, which will benefit EAA's youth aviation education programs, has been started by the Leeward family.
The EAA memorial concluded with a flyover of four T-6 aircraft, with one departing the formation and turning west in the classic missing man salute.
EAA extends its sympathy to the Leeward family, as well as to the families of other aviation enthusiasts killed or injured in the Reno tragedy.