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Thunderbird School of Global Management - Historical Collections
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    • Aerial View of Thunderbird Field I

    • 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...
    • AIFT Nursery

    • AIFT Nursery
    • Unknown
    • American Institute for Foreign Trade
    • About 50 percent of the students at Thunderbird in 1958 were married men, some of whom were accompanied by their wives and children. The School provided a nursery for the children while the parents were in class, and some of those children,...
    • AIFT President Arthur Peterson with His Private Plane

    • AIFT President Arthur Peterson with His Private Plane
    • Unknown
    • Peterson, Arthur; American Institute for Foreign Trade; Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management; Thunderbird School of Global Management
    • AIFT President Art Peterson was a skilled pilot who often flew his private plane onto the Thunderbird Campus directly to his on-campus residence.
    • AIFT Rodeo Parade Float

    • AIFT Rodeo Parade Float
    • Unknown
    • American Institute for Foreign Trade; Parades & processions 1930 - 1990; Parade floats; Rodeo;
    • American Insitute for Foreign Trade students display their Latin American influence on a float in the annual Rodeo Parade in Phoenix.
    • Aircraft Maintenance Workers

    • Aircraft Maintenance Workers
    • Markow, Robert
    • Thunderbird Field I; Aircraft; World War II;
    • In the tradition of Tillie the Toiler, a female figure representing the women who worked in American industry while the men served in World War II, a number of women worked alongside the men in maintaining the aircraft at Thunderbird Field.
    • American Institute for Foreign Trade Founding Administrators

    • American Institute for Foreign Trade Founding Administrators
    • Unknown
    • 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...
    • Berger Erickson

    • Berger Erickson
    • Unknown
    • Erickson, Berger
    • Berger Erickson had been an officer of AIFT since its founding in 1946, first as business manager and later as Vice President for Business Affairs. He was named to the position of Executive Vice President in 1961. Known as "Mr. Thunderbird," he...
    • Cadet George Byrne

    • Cadet George Byrne
    • Unknown
    • Pilots and pilotage; World War II; Thunderbird Field I; Luke Field; airbases; Byrne, George;
    • George Byrne,a cadet from Iowa, trained first at Thunderbird Field and then received his wings at Luke Field in May 1942. Byrne married a local girl, Ruth Sparks, and after a career in the air force, retired in Glendale.
    • Chinese pilot in aircraft

    • Chinese pilot in aircraft
    • Markow, Robert
    • Pilots and pilotage--Chinese;Thunderbird Field I;World War II;
    • A pilot is shown in one of the training planes at Thunderbird Field I. Hundreds of Chinese pilots who served under Chang Kai-shek's army, were trained at Thunderbird Field.
    • Chinese pilots at Thunderbird Field

    • Chinese pilots at Thunderbird Field
    • Markow, Robert
    • Thunderbird Field I;Pilots and pilotage--Chinese;World War II;
    • Shown here with an American officer are three Chinese officers who were among the many Chinese, known as "free Chinese," who were trained at Thunderbird Field.
    • Conference-style Classroom

    • Conference-style Classroom
    • Unknown
    • American Graduate School of International Management
    • The new Lecture Hall, constructed in 1992, featured three large conference-style classrooms, which facilitate classroom discussions, especially for classes that use case studies.
    • Crossing the Equator Party

    • Crossing the Equator Party
    • Unknown
    • Parades; Equator; American Institute for Foreign Trade; Neptune;
    • A traditional pre-commencement ceremony at the American Institute for Foreign Trade was an equatorial party at which all the students are indoctrinated -- dunked--prior to their crossing the equator in pursuit of foreign trade careers. In the...
    • Dining Hall

    • Dining Hall
    • Unknown
    • Dining room furniture; chairs
    • Colorful chairs for the Dining Hall were obtained from Mexico to provide a Latin American atmosphere for the students.
    • Entrance Sign to American Institute for Foreign Trade Campus

    • Entrance Sign to American Institute for Foreign Trade Campus
    • Unknown
    • 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...
    • Entrance, The American Institute for Foreign Trade

    • Entrance, The American Institute for Foreign Trade
    • Unknown
    • 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...
    • EQUIS Accreditation

    • EQUIS Accreditation
    • Unknown
    • European Quality Improvement System; EQUIS
    • On December 1, 2002 Thunderbird was accredited by the prestigious European Quality Improvement System, an important European accrediting agency.
    • Faculty Tea at Thunderbird

    • Faculty Tea at Thunderbird
    • Unknown
    • American Institute for Foreign Trade; Noronha, Senorha Maria Leopoldina;
    • In the 1950s, a "tea" was the proper way to welcome new faculty to the American Institute for Foreign Trade. Second from right is Spanish and Portuguese professor, La Senhorita Maria Leopoldina de Noronha.
    • Falcon Field

    • Falcon Field
    • Markow, Robert
    • World War II; Falcon Field; Southwest Airways; Pilots and pilotage--British; Thunderbird Field II
    • Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona, developed and operated by Southwest Airways, was briefly known as Thunderbird Field II, but was named Falcon Field because it trained most of the British pilots of World War II

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