James D Price was born in Tooele, Utah, in 1947. Jim started flying while in college, and received his Private License through Air Force ROTC in 1970 in Provo, Utah. After graduation from Brigham Young University (BYU) and receiving a commission through Air Force ROTC in 1970, Jim attended pilot training at Vance AFB, Enid OK. Upon graduation in 1971, Jim flew Caribous (C-7As), while stationed in Cam Rahn Bay AB and Phu Cat AB, Vietnam. Upon his return to the States, he was stationed at Fairchild AFB, WA, where he flew KC-135A from 1972 to 1976.
Jim retired from the military in 1976 and went on to fly commercially on the B-707 as Flight Engineer and Line Check Engineer (Instructor) for Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia). He joined the Utah Division of Aeronautics in 1978 and worked for Hughes Air West on the B-727, again as Flight Engineer and Line Check Engineer (Instructor).
Then from 1980 to 1984, Jim went through an Airline Furlough and Air Force Recall where he worked as a T-38 Instructor Pilot on Vance AFB, Oklahoma. Following this, Jim went back into commercial flying for the next twenty years. He flew for the Hughes Airwest successor, Republic Airlines and its successor, Northwest Airlines, from 1984 to 2005. During that time he was a DC-9 First Officer, A-320 First Officer and Instructor, DC-9 Captain, B-757 Captain, and A-320 Captain. Jim's licenses include CFI-I, MEI and ATP, Air Force Reserves Service, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, C-130A, C-130E, KC-135E.
Jim was again called to Active Duty for 6 ½ months during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991. He was stationed at Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, where he flew C-130. Jim's final retirement from the military as a Colonel and Vice Commander of the 927 Air Refueling Wing at Selfridge ANGB, Michigan.
After retiring from his commercial flying career, Jim began writing pilot study guides and logs to help private aircraft owners track their aircraft's usage and expenses. He and his wife Gerry own a Mooney M20C. He has been a command pilot with Angel Flight West flying patients to and from medical treatments throughout the southwest. He is a Mooney Aircraft Pilot Association Safety Foundation instructor and serves the county as a Sheriff's Posse pilot.