Time Capsule

James P. Woolsey

by Kathryn M. Young
Aug 11, 2015

James P. Woolsey, ATW’s former editor in chief and associate publisher passed away Aug. 4, 2015. His contribution to Air Transport World magazine will always be remembered.

Jim joined ATW in 1972 and became chief editor in 1977 when founder Joseph Murphy left to start Airline Executive magazine. He retired from ATW in July 1999.

Jim began his career with American Aviation Publications in 1964. He was first assigned to report air traffic news for Aviation Daily, but was soon reassigned to cover the Civil Aeronautics Board.  When Ziff-Davis bought Aviation Daily, he moved to Aviation Week & Space Technology, both now ATW sister publications.

Jim was an excellent photographer and was responsible for bringing color to ATW’s pages. His photography was spectacular. His knowledge of aviation and a desire to illustrate his stories through pictures brought a beautiful blend to the pages of ATW

Jim hosted many ATW Industry Achievement Awards ceremonies (center photo) and is seen (left) in this 1992 photo with Southwest Airlines CEO Herb Kelleher (center) and American Airlines president and chairman Robert Crandall. 

During his time at ATW, Jim wrote about the world’s airlines in his travels around the globe, which included trips to China and to the Soviet Union when few American journalists were allowed to visit and report on those airlines.

Jim was passionate about aviation, but his first transportation love was trains.  He collected them, rode them and knew much about them. Shown is one of my favorite pictures of Jim as an engineer.

Jim leaves behind a loving family that includes his wife Patricia of over 40 years; his children, James, III, Michael and Kim; and six grandchildren.


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