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OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS

JIM HAMILTON IN MEMORIAM
Wide my Ocean - Wide my Grief
Jim Hamilton was employed by ONA from 
1967 until 1978. He was a captain on 
DC-9 and DC-8 airplanes. 

Jim retired after 23 years with American 
Airlines in Los Angeles flying the Boeing 
767 and 757 aircraft. He lived in San 
Clemente California for the past 15 years 
and spent time visiting grandchildren 
and flying his Cessna 180 airplane, having 
a wonderful life with his wife Barbara and
family.
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ONA CREW MOURNING A DEAR FRIEND

In loving memory of
James Edward Hamilton
1942 - 2005
Photo courtesy Bruce Gilman

AA AND ONA CREWS HONORING JIM HAMILTON
by RAS NIELSEN

MY FRIEND JIM
Jim Hamilton died February 25 2005 from a heart condition that 
only revealed itself a few weeks earlier. Jim & I had lived 
and flown together, based out of Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. 
It was the ONA DC-9 LOGAIR contract that put the first Jets 
on a nation-wide Air Force cargo system. Jim was an outstanding
 pilot who soon became an ONA Captain and flew with us until the
 airline elected to go out of business. He went on to fly for 
"Douglas Aircraft Company" and "Air Cal" which later merged 
with "American Airlines". Jim retired from "American Airline" 
as a Boeing 767 Captain. He and his wife Barbara along with their
children were ONA family and our hearts go out to them.
Captain George Flavell, Sarasota, Florida



SAN CLEMENTE, CALIFORNIA, US
I got the sad news today that Jim Hamilton passed 
away last week. 

He had been admitted to the hospital for heart 
problems but was released. 

He died of a heart attack a couple of days later.

Not only did I know him from ONA but from AirCal 
also.

Maggie Zeibak, San Clemente, California


FAREWELL TO GOOD FRIEND JIM
FROM ROD MIMS, SPOTSYLVANIA, VA
Jim was best of friend's with all who knew him. 
A wide smile and a firm handshake were his trademark. 
We will all miss Jim, but I will always remember him 
as a pal and a good friend.

Rod Mims
ONA 1968-78

WE WILL ALL MISS JIM
FROM VICKIE AND DAVE CASE, ALAMEDA, CA
It is with sincere and deep regret to learn of 
Jim Hamilton's passing. 

My wife Vickie and I enjoyed a dinner with he 
and Barbara, Dennis O'Conner and his wife, Karl 
Von Doymi and his wife and Tom Murphy and his 
wife just before Christmas last year. We were 
all laughing and having a grand time.
 
Later we guys adjourned over to the Buena Vista 
for Irish Coffees. How glad I am now that we got 
together one last time. 

Jim was one whale of a guy. A terrific pilot, 
person, and friend. 

We will all miss him terribly. 

Our sincere condolences to Barbara.

Dave and Vickie Case



MARGARETA NISSER, NEW YORK

How sad to receive these news -
Jim couldnīt make it to the 2003 ONA
crew reunion in New York but still sent
his participation fee - what a nice heart!
Bless him and sincere condolences to his family.


SY AND PHYLLIS WEINER
Dear Jim,
at sundown we will look west and think about you wishing 
you a pleasant flight. 
A great loss. Those of us who have flown know we have a  
final flight plan, we just do not know the departure time. 
Jim was an all around good guy, a good friend and an 
excellent pilot. It is my sincere wish that this flight 
will be smooth.  Phyllis and I send our deepest sympathy 
to Barbara and his family.
SY WEINER



RON HART, BEND, OREGON
I was able to attend the memorial for our departed friend Jim Hamilton. 
He was a best friend for me. I helped him get a job at what turned out 
to be American Airlines where we both retired. I flew for ONA from January of 1969 
till some time in late 1976 or 77. Some of my fondest flying memories are from 
those days where I found some friends for life and Jimmy the Jet was one of those. 


Sincere condolences from Ron Hart

DICK McCONNELL, SEWARD, NEBRASKA

I flew with Jim on the DC-9's out of Alameda & Sacramento. I lived in Vacaville, had Ron Hart and Sy Weiner as neighbors. Jim would stop by and pick me up for our trips out of Alameda. I always enjoyed flying and being around Jim. Some of my fondest memories are from those days in the late 60's and early 70's.

My deepest sympathy to Barbara and family.