Group and class pictures
FLIGHT FIVE’s safety record topped Thunderbird Field and won for its members the usual monthly reward of a barbecued steak dinner.
Left to right back row : Donald R Churchill , John C. Glynn , Lawrence P. Sterns , James L. Lauderdale , William E. Doan , Ray Howes , Phillip P. Carpenter , Frank H. Carson. Front row : Walter G. Palmer , Edmund H Snyder , Catorce A. Hight , E. Earl Warren , William Kelly and Ray V. Wood.
Posed against one of the sturdy Stearmans in which they instructed are members of Squadron 3 , winner of one of the safety contests at Thunderbird II.
Left to right, front row : Paul Wertheimer , Aaron Spotswood , Edgar Matson , John Bowers , Horace Hibbard , George Seese , and Edward Salmon.
Back row : Fred Logan , Robert Reitford , Marion Snyder , James Baldwin, Lowell Armstrong , James Gannon and Ray LeFever.
Charlie Jenkins’ Squadron 8 was a repeated winner at Thunderbird’s series of safety contests.
Pictured at the dinner party given winners each month are squadron members, left to right back row : Raymond Dinsen , Edmund Pillsbury , Dr. J. Gordon Shackelford , Harry Findley , Mrs. Cassette Flyn, squadron dispatcher ; Robert Kersting , Jerry Buckman, John L. Jones , Thomas G. Smith , Walter J. Morris and Conrad Wade. Front row : Charles Jenkins, Caldwell Mothershed , John Bensley , Richard Swingler and Bud Trott
Ground school instructors from the four fields at a dinner party. Left to right seated : Tom Wardell of Thunderbird II and Page Deuel of Sky Harbor; standing, John Neace of Thunderbird and john Bonnell of Falcon .
Best safety record for Thunderbird II’s Class 43-J was compiled by these ten flight instructors, in the first of regular intra-field safety competitions. Left to right, front row : Assistant Squadron Commander John Severson , Bill jones, Squadron Commander Marshall Christensen , Bob Hanna and Dick King . Back row: George Goforth , Adrian Brix , Yale Feniger , Bud Haberl and William Rosecrans.
Three brothers, Art (left), Paul and Dink Robart were on Southwest’s rolls as Flight instructors. Art was at Thunderbird, while his other two brothers were at Falcon. Art, 28 at the time, had flown about 1,000 hours during his 14 months with the company ; Paul, 24, had about 1,600 hours during his slightly more than two years with Southwest; and Dink, 26, had been in the airdrome than 1,500 hours during his two years’ employment. Art first learnt to fly in 1935. Later him and Paul bought and old OXS Swallow TP, and in 1940, the three boys became proficient flyers- they had to, the way the old crate conked out on them at the most unexpected times. They were one of many Southwest families.
All of flight instructors who worked on Falcon’s opening day, on September 29 1941, couldn’t be in this picture , but here are some early birds: E.L. Perkins, Dan T. Darnell , Ray Corn and Bob Jones. On the wing: Don Prosser and Ward Miller.