Jimmy Leeward – Blue Skies and Tailwinds Forever

As Dave and I sit in our hotel room in Reno, Nevada and reflect on the events of yesterday, we have decided to write this tribute to Jimmy Leeward.

Dave arrived last Saturday and spent a lot of time around the unlimited pits, at times speaking with the crew of the ghost. We have gathered lots of images and video footage which we still need  to edit.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who  lost loved ones and the many injured who are still being treated at this time.

A  very special thank you to all the first responders both civilian and uniformed, who selflessly braved danger to assist the injured.

You are the true HEROES of the day.

For now we have posted a few links until we can get back home on Monday.







Taken from the website.  http://www2.leewardairranch.com/about-us


Leeward Family 

Jimmy Leeward, the son of an aviation pioneer, was literally raised on the airports his father operated. He worked in every facet of his father’s airplane business since he was old enough to wash an airplane. As an adult, he diversified into real estate development. Gradually, he flew less for business and more for sport. It was then he began to dream of an Aviation Community.

 Jimmy joined the Experimental Aircraft Assoc. (EAA) in the early seventies and was soon elected to the EAA Museum foundation board. When the EAA grew out of their space in Milwaukee, Jimmy was tapped to head the Building and Acquisition Committee which was responsible for the planning, design, and construction of the world-class AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Dirk Leeward served on the Sun ‘n Fun board. A third generation aviator, Dirk also grew up with airplanes. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration, Dirk joined his father in the family real estate business.

Jimmy’s second son, Kent Leeward, who lays claim to being the first person to make their first solo at Leeward Air Ranch, was involved in the initial development of Leeward Air Ranch, but went on to establish and operate a chain of retail cellular stores across North Florida and South Georgia. Kent then went on to manage Florida SouthEast Developments’ multi-family division for the North Florida district.  Kent has since returned to Ocala and now heads up the sales and marketing effort here at Leeward Air Ranch.

That dream of an aviation community built for pilot by pilots came about in 1980. During the planning of Leeward Air Ranch, they visited over 25 airport communities across the country to integrate the best features while avoiding the problems.

Together, Jimmy, Dirk and Kent have combined their professional real estate experience and extensive aviation background to create the perfect place for the pilot, Leeward Air Ranch.

Joe Kates

Joe Kates is the founder of Photorecon. Joe has been into aviation since he was a child and has a incredible amount of knowledge to do with planes or aviation in general. Today Joe is the owner and Managing Editor of Photorecon.

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