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Goodby James Brown, My Old Boss/Avation Buff.  
User currently offline747hogg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3893 times:

James had the first black owned bizjet (N805LJ) and that was later N123JB) A lear 23, then got a lear 24 with a de iceing kit (improved) We wore those planes out, plus a king air, jet commander, HS 125, and a wet leased learjet 55 out of Phoenix. James had a pair of first class seats in his office LH gave him years ago. In short, he loved aviation and flight, and in recent years increased his tours to cover Asia and Eastern Europe, the reason for this was the new first class seats that allowed ones privacy and the ability to lay flat and sleep the hours away. He was looking forward to being in the A380 and having a bedroom. Just like the great old classic airliners, we all get old and conk out. RIP Big JR. get some rest.

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User currently offlineAerodog From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3869 times:

My recollection was that Doug Bell was JB's pilot and they initially flew a Jet Commander though Doug flew a Lear Jet for somebody else.

That was 40 years ago, help me put the pieces together.


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12352 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3828 times:

Gives me one more reason to love the man. RIP, James!


Inspiration, move me brightly!
User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8060 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 2):
Gives me one more reason to love the man.

Yeah, I didn't know he was One Of Us. And how many people can say their funeral was enhanced by sub woofers?



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offline747hogg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

Doug Bell WAS the man! He flew us all over the country, He had Bell Jet Avation and We got the learjet 24 from him. We had James Brown logo on the tail, and in the sliding window covers, but the plane was owned by him and his outfit. Mr Bart set up the lease for tax benifits. James always said "I can get 8 days work out of one week with this jet!" We did have a jet commander that ended up with a cracked wing while in Canada and I don't remember the details, other than JB abandoned it to its owners (Mr. Bell?) and came home. James told me back in the late 80's that he ran into Doug and he still looked like a kid! riding in a tiny, noisey jet really sucked. no room for luggage, and litterely shoulder to shoulder at times it was so cramped. But those were the good old days, and the soul just kept on funkin'!

User currently offlineAerodog From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3705 times:

Quoting 747hogg (Reply 4):


He had Bell Jet Avation

Thanks, this was my missing link. Had forgot Doug owned the company he flew for. I had a lot of respect for the guy, a real gentleman though I don't think he was always comfortable with some of the things that went on flying a super popular rock star.

Remember this was in the 60's, women have yet to burn their bras and we're all watching Lawrence Welk and the Ed Sullivan show on TV.


User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1642 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3664 times:
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One time around 1972 I was waiting on the ramp in Dallas’s Love Field for our passengers and this all black Jet Commander taxies in and parks next to us, and James Brown gets out and gets into a limo. The only thing I remember is the other pilots around us talking about how hot the airplane must get sitting on the ramp in the sun painted all black.

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