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    • Lt. General Barton Kyle Yount

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    • Yount, Barton Kyle
    • Under the direction of the School's first president, retired Lt. General Barton Kyle Yount, the School opened its doors on Oct. 6, 1946 as American Institute for Foreign Trade. Yount, former head of the Army Air Training Command, had been...
    • Entrance Sign to American Institute for Foreign Trade Campus

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    • American Institute for Foreign Trade; Schools--Arizona--Glendale; Thunderbird Field I
    • The American Institute for Foreign Trade opened its doors on Oct. 1, 1946, just six months after its founders acquired Thunderbird Field I, the deactivated Army Air Forces Training Base. Because the school received the property from the War Assets...
    • Stearman Trainer Aircraft

    • Swope, John
    • Stearman aircraft; World War II; Thunderbird Field I; Boeing;
    • The Boeing Model 75 military trainer, which was designed for the U.S. Army and Navy, was the aircraft of choice at Thunderbird Field. The plane became known as the "Stearman" trainer, after aircraft engineer and designer Lloyd Carlton Stearman, a...
    • Thunderbird Field Hangar with planes

    • Swope, John
    • Thunderbird Field I; World War II; Hangars 1930-1950; Aircraft 1940-1950; Stearman aircraft; Arizona--Glendale; American Institute for Foreign Trade; Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management
    • This photo shows one of the four World War II hangars at Thunderbird Field I. The airbase was developed by Leland Hayward and John Connolly under their private company, Southwest Airways. The arrangement was promulgated by General "Hap" Arnold,...
    • American Institute for Foreign Trade Founding Administrators

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    • American Institute for Foreign Trade; Dunne, Finley Peter; Patterson, John; Yount, Barton Kyle
    • Three men who developed the American Institute for Foreign Trade in 1946-47 are shown in this photo (l-r). 1) John Patterson was former Director of the School of Public Affairs of American University and Chief, Division of Inter-American...
    • Aerial View of Thunderbird Field I

    • Swope, John
    • Thunderbird Field I; Air Forces; Air bases; World War II; Arizona--Glendale; Sheets, Millard;
    • Thunderbird Field I was a World War II air training base initially built with private funds by Southwest Airways. Planning began in November 1940, construction started Jan. 2, 1941, and operations began on March 22. Well-known artist Millard...
    • Thunderbird Field Aircraft and Air Control Tower

    • Swope, John
    • Thunderibird Field I; Stearman airplanes; air control tower;
    • John Swope, one of the founders of Southwest Airways, was a well-known Life Magazine photographer and also a pilot. His photographer's eye is responsible for many of the dramatic images of Thunderbird Field and its pilots, such as this view of a...
    • General "Hap" Arnold, who authorized civilian training bases for World War II.

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    • Arnold, General "Hap"; Generals American 1930-1950; military; World War II; Thunderbird Field I
    • General "Hap" Arnold, who authorized civilian training bases for World War II, knew the U.S. would need more air training bases if this country were to enter the war. Congress, however, disagreed and would only authorize the expansion of one...
    • Thunderbird Field Aircraft Hangar

    • Swope, John
    • Hangars 1930-1950; Thunderbird Field I; American Institute for Foreign Trade; American Graduate School of International Management; Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management; U. S. Army Air Forces
    • One of the aircraft hangars at Thunderbird Field is shown here reflected in a pool of water, another stellar John Swope photo. The biwing aircraft are Stearman trainers. At the top center of the hangar is the logo of the four airbases of the Army...
    • The Thunderbird Air Forces Logo

    • Swope, John
    • Hangars 1930-1950; World War II; Thunderbirds--U.S. Air Force;
    • In 1953, the former hangars still had the old Air Force Thunderbird logo on the rooftop. At that time, the Air Force was looking for a name for its new air demonstration flight team. As the team flew over those hangars toward their home at Luke...
    • John Swope

    • Swope, John
    • Swope, John; aircraft; photography; World War II;
    • A rare photograph of John Swope practicing his art from the hood of a car. Swope was a widely published photographer for Life Magazine who photographed many of the images of Thunderbird Field I. He was also an aviator and, along with Leland...
    • AIFT Students

    • Rockwell, Charles
    • Students 1940-1950; South America commerce; American Institute for Foreign Trade; Thunderbird Field I;
    • Because of its proximity to Mexico and Latin America, the early years of Thunderbird (American Institute for Foreign Trade) focused on doing business in that region of the world. Portuguese and Spanish were the only languages taught, and most...
    • Thunderbird Foreign Language Class

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    • Spanish language study and teaching; American Institute for Foreign Trade; Thunderbird Field I.
    • In 1946 Arizona's mild climate attracted students from 45 of the 48 U.S. States who enjoyed occasional foreign language classes held outdoors. Here Carmen Madrigal helps students with their Spanish pronunciation in the shade of a pepper tree.
    • Thunderbird Foreign Language Classroom

    • Don Herndon, 5342 N. 19th Dr., Phoenix, Arizona, AM 6-9083.
    • Spanish language study and teaching; American Institute for Foreign Trade; Thunderbird Field I;Finney, Lawrence;
    • Professor Larry Finney was not only a faculty member in the Language Department, but he was also an alumnus of the class of 1952 and Alumni Director, appointed in 1960. He is still remembered as one of Thunderbird's best-loved faculty members. ...
    • Dancers at AIFT

    • Rockwell, Charles
    • Latin America; South America commerce; Dancing; American Insitute for Foreign Trade; Thunderbird Field I
    • Students at American Institute for Foreign Trade not only learned how to do business in a foreign country, but they also learned the culture of Latin American countries. Friday night folk dances were part of the cultural aspect of a Thunderbird...
    • First Library at Thunderbird Campus

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    • Library; American Institute for Foreign Trade; hangar; Thunderbird Field I
    • The first Thunderbird Library was located in a hangar on the east edge of the campus. Librarian Dorothy Burge tells of begging for books from many sources, especially the faculty.
    • Dr. William Lytle Schurz

    • Rockwell, Charles
    • Schurz, William Lytle; Galleons history; National Geographic magazine; Latin America; American Institute for Foreign Trade; Thunderbird Field I
    • Dr. William Lytle Schurz, noted Latin American scholar and Director of the Department of Area Studies at the American Institute for Foreign Trade, visits with student Charles Rockwell. Schurz was one of the most highly respected faculty in the...
    • Thunderbird Activity Center

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    • American Graduate School of International Management; buildings; hangars; Thunderbird Field; Thunderbird School of Global Management
    • One former Thunderbird Field hangar was transformed in 1982 to become the Thunderbird Activity Center (TAC) on the Thunderbird School of Global Management Campus. The building that once housed the famous Stearman aircraft was used as a parking...
    • Entrance, The American Institute for Foreign Trade

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    • American Institute for Foreign Trade; Thunderbird Field I; World War II;
    • Founder's Hall, at the entrance to the AIFT Campus, was the original administration building during World War II when Thunderbird Field I was an Army Air Forces training base. After the base was converted to a school, the building housed the...

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