Hugh Thomas Nunn
Captain Tom Nunn, age 86, passed away on June 27, 2021 at St Francis Hospital in Shakopee, MN following a stroke. Tom was born on October 26, 1934 to S. Virgil and Myrtie (Ferguson) Nunn in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tom started fulfilling his interest in aviation at Harvey Young Airport located southeast of Tulsa. In these years he acquired his FAA ratings and built flying time in a variety of tail dragger trainers and early nose wheel Cessna aircraft.
In 1958 Tom, his wife Janice and their son Thomas moved to Minnesota to begin a 32-year career with Northwest Airlines. Tom officially joined Northwest Airlines 05-23-1958. It is believed he flew the DC-4, DC-6, DC-7, Lockheed Electra, Boeing 720/320, 757, the McDonald Douglas DC-10, and the Boeing 747 Classic. Tom talents found root in the NWA Flight Training Department. He was popular as a ground school and aircraft instructor. In time, as the airline expanded, Tom would become the Director of Flight Training. During his tenure Tom launched many innovative training concepts, including the Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT) using scenarios built around industry incidents and accidents. Many perceived the NWA LOFT scenarios to be a realistic innovation in ‘real world’ flight training.
In time Tom would sell the concept of the Northwest Aerospace Training Corporation (NATCO) to the senior management at NWA. As a subsidiary of NWA, NATCO became a world class training facility, and became synonymous with the new industry standards in flight training. Not only did NATCO provide simulator training and testing for NWA, but also sold excess simulator time to the industry, providing extra revenue income for Northwest Airlines. Tom would retire four years early in 1990.
In retirement, Tom continued to enjoy traveling of all kinds, especially RVing and spending time with his family, and church work.
There is no doubt that Tom was a profound believer in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He loved sharing this faith with others. We are comforted that he is now with our Lord in Heaven. Tom was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine for many years. He recently moved and became a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Excelsior.
Tom is survived by his wife of 67 years, Janice; their son, Thomas W. Nunn of Victoria; two granddaughters, Jill Provancha of Prior Lake and Amy Nunn of Shakopee; two great-grandsons, Aaron and Levi Provancha of Prior Lake; and sister, Genevieve Wayne of Lakeside, Arizona.
( - Bill Day)