Friday, February 13, 2009

GA Lost a Friend

Gone but not forgotten....

Thanks to one of my readers I was recently made aware of the passing of Jean Waltrip this past October. Mrs Waltrip was the co-owner of Williamsburg Jamestown Airport (KJGG) along with her husband Larry.

Mary and I had the pleasure of sitting and chatting with Jean on multiple occasions when passing through or spending the night in Williamsburg. This lady was a class act and seemed to welcome the role as ambassador for General Aviation. Mary and I both commented how she took the time to make you feel special, as if she knew each and everyone of us that stopped in.

Jean and Larry founded the Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport in 1970. Jean was inducted in 2001 into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame with her husband Larry, despite never having learned to fly.

In a day and age where the small town Mom and Pop airports are falling by the wayside the Waltrip's maintain this welcome stop in Williamsburg Jamestown, VA. To Jean, you will be missed but never forgotten. While we may only have been an acquaintance passing through, Mary and I always felt the friendship you and your staff provided.

Blue Skies ....

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