Jimmy began his aviation career after graduating from Georgia Tech with a
degree in Mechanical Engineering and entering the United States Air
Force. After completing pilot training in T-37 and T-38 aircraft, he was assigned to Combat Crew Training in the supersonic, single seat, F-100. Jimmy then flew 325 combat missions in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967 as a fighter pilot in the F-100 and as a forward air controller in the O-1 Bird Dog. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, fifteen Air Medals, and the Purple Heart.
After a six year tour of duty, Jimmy left active service in the USAF and joined Eastern Air Lines. While at Eastern, he continued his military flying in the Air National Guard amassing over 2000 hours in the F-100. During his career with Eastern, Jimmy flew Boeing 727 and 757, Lockheed Electra, and Douglas DC-8 and DC-9 aircraft, and retired in 1991 as a B757 captain. Jimmy retired from the United States Air Force Reserve with the rank of Major. Now retired from his third career as a forensic engineer, Jimmy flies a Russian Yak-52TW and enjoys formation and airshow flying.