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Check Six – 2015: Jeffrey “Sumo” Namihira

January 15, 2022
Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

Jeffrey “Sumo” Namihira passed away on the evening of January 15, 2015 at Pali Momi Medical Center. He was 54 years old. There was a sense of disbelief as word spread across the wing the next day. 

Sumo retired from the Hawaii Air National Guard earlier and was flying for Hawaiian Airlines. He had flown for Aloha Airlines before their closure.

Sumo was a superb pilot and leader, but most importantly, a friend to all. We lost a great individual and friend on that January evening.

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