National Defense: High Jinks at Thunderbird

At the Arizona desert's edge, in a broad valley twelve miles northwest of Phoenix, there were high jinks one day last week. Sprung up from the cactus in less than five months under the watering of Hollywood money. Southwest Airways' new Thunderbird Field—acting as one of 48 kindergartens for Army Airmen—was graduating its first class. Hollywood starlets trailed inspecting officers down ranks of 102 grey-clad cadets, who had a hard time keeping eyes front.

Southwest's President Leland Hayward, cinema agent, TWA director and husband of twinkling Margaret Sullavan, gave each man a...

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