Photographer , movie director and capable pilot John Swope had crammed many experiences into his (at the time ) 35 years career . Once an instructor he was then field manager at Thunderbird II and a corporate officer at Southwest.
Believed to be the first feminine employee to join the armed forces was Glenyce Poole, chief telephone operator at Thunderbird , who left later on for the WAAF training center in Des Moines, Iowa
Jack Connelly, chief executive officer for all company operations was a man whose technical skill and aviation background dated back to 1919 when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps.
Leland Hayward, chairman of the board of directors, played an active part in the management of company operations.
From instructor , to chief pilot , to director of training, Al Storrs, one of Southwest’s original seven pilots.
One of Southwest’s original seven pilots , Ralph Jordan, started as a C.P.T. instructor at Sky Harbor, he progressed from instructor to flight commander, to stage commander , to chief pilot, to director of training.
Clifford E. Davis, one of SWA’s original seven pilots, director of training, and with a record of lots of forced landings but never a crack-up in approximately 6,000 hours of flying at the time.
Third pilot ever to be hired by Southwest, Mike De Marais, became later Thunderbird II’s director of training.
Page Deuel , Sky Harbor’s director of technical training.
Ted Mitchell , operations chief of the Cargo division, he started at Falcon in Sept. 1941 as a basic instructor, and quickly went up the ladder to assistant flight commander, flight commander , and assistant chief pilot, remaining at the British school until called to head up the new military cargo line in November 1942
Lindsey Wheeler, head of Thunderbird II’s ground school , he was one of Southwest’s first three ground school instructors at the field
Harry Barnes , supervisor of engine department in the Overhaul Division, and of Southwest’s older mechanics.
Daniel J. Lucey, first guard to be hired at Thunderbird, solved many famous murder cases during his long career as a Phoenix police detective. Retired from the force in 1939, he come to work to Southwest in February 1941.
Pearl Harbor’s devastation was also seen by Donald
Seymour, Falcon flight instructor, whose car was commandeered by military police. Seymour took them into Hickman Field, object of Japanese bombing, where he helped haul anti-aircrafts shallots guns. For his day’s work amid bursting bombs, Seymour received a citation from the War Departmentfor his meritorious conduct.
Theodore ‘Ted’ Hanna, assistant director of training at Falcon.
Pat Thomas, instrument instructress at Sky Harbor, had more hours to her credit than any other woman at the time, more than 3,500 hours and only at the age of 24.
Alvin C. Algee, Falcon Field primary flight instructor.
Glenn Ball started with Southwest Airways in February 1941 and was the assistant manager superintendent working directly under Guy Polston.