Flying Tiger Line
Pilots Association

James A. Benelli

In Memoriam

December 12, 1932 - September 25, 2018

Jim was hired by Flying Tigers on August 22, 1966.  The following comes from Jim's wife, Denise.

At Jim’s request and I am writing to inform you that James A. Benelli, retired Flying Tigers Captain passed away. Jim was born in Pittsburg, Kansas on December 12, 1932 and passed away September 25, 2018 peacefully in the mountain community he loved with his family by his side.  Jim’s career began flying CL-44’s on Asian and European Routes; and retired as a DC-8 Captain.  In Jim’s retirement he continued to ski, hike and enjoyed time on the lake with his boat. But his greatest pleasure was sharing these actives with his five grandchildren.


Denise Benelli, Jim’s wife

Below is a copy of Jim's obituary.

James Andrew Benelli, age 85, of Auberry, California entered into rest on Tuesday September 25, 2018. James was born December 12, 1932 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

James is survived by his wife, Denise Benelli; son William B Benelli; daughter-in-law Su Benelli; son Andrew J Benelli; daughter-in-law Rochelle Benelli; son Edward P Benelli; and daughter-in-law Natalie Marcanio; grandchild Evan Lee Benelli, grandchild Christopher Benelli, grandchild Audrey Benelli, grandchild Jessica Benelli-Lofgran and grandchild Madeline Benelli.

A Visitation for James will be held Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Boice Funeral Home, 308 Pollasky Ave, Clovis, CA 93612.

A Church Service will occur Friday, October 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Shaver Lake Community Chapel, 41340 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake, CA 93602.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Benelli family.


Denise Benelli, Wife
William B Benelli, Son
Su Benelli, Daughter-in-law
Andrew J Benelli, Son
Rochelle Benelli, Daughter-in-law
Edward P Benelli, Son
Natalie Marcanio, Daughter-in-law
Evan Lee Benelli, Grandchild
Christopher Benelli, Grandchild
Audrey Benelli, Grandchild
Jessica Benelli-Lofgran, Grandchild
Madeline Benelli, Grandchild

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