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Lou Fields
  • 90 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 8, 1922
  • Date of passing: Jan 20, 2013

This memorial website was created in the memory of Lou Fields, 90, born on August 8, 1922 and passed away on January 20, 2013. We hope you can help us document the people who he has influenced during his life.

If you have any pictures, videos, audio (upload in Gallery), stories, or thoughts related to Lou, please feel free to enter / upload them here.

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Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Danielle Thys on 12th September 2014

"I can't believe you're gone, Lou! I guess I thought you would just live forever. I sure hoped you would... For all the wise words and amazing stories... For loving animals and sharing Champ with the north field ... For giving my (now) husband his first piloting experience... For having a hangar that rivaled my own dad's... For being there to get me over to the old Ts after my dad died...Thank you. You were one in a bazillion and I am so sorry I didn't realize how, truly, time is a pilot too. From the surly bonds of earth - Cheers and farewell... Say hey to my pops. I dare you to get him to dance on laughter silvered wings. Much love to you and your amazing family. I cannot express how sad I am to have missed your last  take off. Your presence always kept OAK feeling like home."

This tribute was added by ann orourke on 8th February 2014

"I met Lou in 1980, when I moved to Alameda and purchased my Santana 22 to race. I raced against him many times and raced with him once. My office has been in the Alameda Marina since 1992 and I regularly drove by his boat, Buffalo Honey. We lost touch over the years. He was a very special person. I miss him."

This tribute was added by Eddie Bowen on 22nd September 2013

"I met Lou back in the 90's when I worked for KaiserAir. Lou was one of those people you liked the instant you met him. I did my single and multi check rides with Lou and he made sure it was a learning experience not just a test. I'll never forget a time when he had a problem on a Pitts flight and he asked me for insight. There will always be a special place in my heart for Lou Fields."

This tribute was added by Stergio Roubos on 29th April 2013

"What a great guy. Godspeed my friend !"

This tribute was added by Ginny Wilken on 28th April 2013

"He taught me things I still hear in my head: "Don't volunteer ANYthing!" on oral exams. "Pitch and power", landing the Champ. And my favorite, "The centerline's just as wide..." when I complained about a small runway. God rest your soul, Lou; you gave us SO much!"

This tribute was added by Cecilia Aragon on 28th April 2013

"I met Lou in the late eighties while I was teaching at Oakland Airport, and learned tailwheel flying and aerobatics at his school, later becoming an instructor there. For about seven years I saw him nearly every day, and I don't remember ever seeing him in other than a good mood. He always had a joke and a story to tell. Blue Skies, Lou..."

This tribute was added by Jim Gray on 26th April 2013

"A new CFI, sent my first applicant for a Private Pilot license to Lou in 1990. The oral took four hours, and they pushed the flight back a day. I called Lou, "why did the oral take so long"?  "Well, if you had prepared him better it wouldn't have taken so damn long"! He was the best...."

This tribute was added by Roy Trillia on 25th April 2013

"Met Lou in 1990, he did most of my flight reviews over the years, we spent most of half a day learning every time I flew with him I also got my tail drager,  high perfomance and complex endorsements with him, as well as a bunch of aerobatic training and fun flights.
Most memorable day was in the Champ, when we took off and landed on Oaklands six runways, 27/ 9 L & R, 33&15."

This tribute was added by James O on 18th April 2013

"I haven't known Lou all that long on the scale of his long life.  But I can say I relished the time I spent with him doing tail dragger training and hanging out discussing topics of mutual interest.  I respected most about Lou his never ending thirst to understand things better, his inquisitive mind, and young attitude!  I will honor Lou by striving for this in my time left on this earth."

This tribute was added by Paul Garvey on 10th April 2013

"In October of 1993, I returned to flying after a 19 year hiatus.  Everyone I spoke with recommended Lou.  He was the perfect choice to bring me back up to speed.  He taught me, once again, to "Get the picture" while flying. Rest in peace Lou and because of you, I got the picture.  Aviation has lost a legend and we all have lost a great human being."

This tribute was added by Mikio Motoyama on 3rd March 2013

"The best thing about visiting Oakland Airport was seeing Lou. Without Lou, the airport will never be the same for me. I am sending my Buddhist prayers so that Lou can find peace."

This tribute was added by Marsha Kirschbaum on 24th February 2013

"Lou was definitely one of a kind.  He provided an encouraging, unique place for us to fly, tell hanger stories and hang out in general.  I took my private pilots test with him. On the day of he showed up wearing a ski mask.  Looked like he was going to rob a bank.  I figured it was a distraction test.  Ignored it best I could and passed my test. He's probably stil telling God stories now."

This tribute was added by Roger Harris on 22nd February 2013

"In 1958,we pilots in USN Fighter Squadron VF-53, had just received brand new McDonnell F3H Demon all-weather fighters. Along with the planes, we also got a brand new skipper- Lou Fields. The airplane was prone to engine failure and terribly underpowered. Lou brought with him an attitude and we soon believed that lousy airplane could do anything. We all loved our new C.O."

This tribute was added by John Buckham on 9th February 2013

"It's hard to believe Lou is gone.  I flew with him back in the early 80's, taught me the finer points of handling a tail-wheel airplane and Areobatics.  An outstanding instructor and and person.  You will be missed.  The aviation community has lost one of the greats.  Godspeed Lou..."


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