Collection:
Southwest Airways and Thunderbird Field #1

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The site of Thunderbird School of Global Management has its origins as a primary flight training school during World War II. In the late 1930's, with war looming on the horizon, General "Hap" Arnold, who authorized civilian training bases for World War II, recognized a need to train more pilots for combat. However, Congress disagreed, and only allowed the expansion of one training base, Randolph Field. Arnold circumvented Congress and sent out a call for civilian flight operators to gamble their dollars building training fields to teach Air Corps cadets how to fly. Out of this need, Thunderbird Field was established.

Featured in the online collection are photographs of all of the Thunderbird Fields, letters from cadets to their former instructors, yearbooks, company handbooks and other publications. Materials will be added to the online collection regularly.

Southwest Airways logo patch

Southwest Airways Logo Patch