James N. Tamposi, 1919-2024

James N. Tamposi, Sr with his son James Tamposi Jr. at the Aviation Museum of N.H. in 2018.

Updated Friday, Feb. 2, 2024: Sharing news that the Tamposi family has published a full obituary for James N. Tamposi Sr., a legendary figure in local aviation who passed away last month at age 104.

Mr. Tamposi, known as “Mr. Aviation,” did it all, from clearing the land for the Nashua Airport’s first runway in 1935 to co-founding Daniel Webster College in the 1960s.

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Tamposi and his wife, Shirley, who passed away last year, will take place at a future date.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Tamposi’s memory to the Aviation Museum of N.H., 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, N.H.

Published earlier: It’s with sadness that we bring news of the death of James N. Tamposi, Sr. of Nashua, who passed away on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024 at age 104.

A full obituary is expected in the near future. For now, we wanted to let members of the Aviation Museum community of the recent loss of a Granite State icon—a legend whose flying career began in the 1930s and included service in World War II and co-founding Daniel Webster College in Nashua in the 1960s.

Even after celebrating his 100th birthday, Mr. Tamposi was an active member of the Aviation Museum of N.H., attending our 2023 Nashua Fly-In BBQ as well as this past summer’s Classic Car Show.

We will miss his presence, his spirit, his stories, and his ability to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing him. R.I.P. and fly high, Mr. Tamposi.

Original World War II-era draft card of James Tamposi, Sr.

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