Paul Winant Jackson, 77, of both Savannah, GA and Leesburg, VA lost his fight with AML Leukemia on Wednesday, August 5th. Paul spent most of his childhood in New Jersey until joining the United States Air Force at the age of 18 where he began his illustrious career in Aviation. Upon leaving the Air Force, he went on to pilot more than 10 different aircraft over his 45-year career in flight. Once his time in the air came to a close, he continued on as a flight instructor passing his knowledge on to those who would come behind him. He was a lifelong student with a ceaseless desire for knowledge and helping others that kept him sharp to the very end of his life. At the age of 75, he worked to become a certified instructor on a new aircraft, the G7 Jet, and helped to pioneer training programs for the new aircraft.
Paul had a passion for aviation and for helping others in his life. During his fight with AML, we learned that the incidence of many cancers is much higher in career pilots. The extended exposure to low level cosmic radiation from flying at high altitudes throughout a pilots career puts them in a high risk catagory for many cancers. This news was shocking to Paul and it quickly became an important goal of our family to spread the news to other career pilots and to do whatever we could to assist in the fight against cancer.