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The "Glory Days" of West Coast Aviation
This page is dedicated to June Smith (Joseph S. Smith Jr.) June is a nickname for Junior.
Without June's knack for having a camera constantly handy we would be missing the
invaluable historic images on this page.
Those Brave Young Aviators of Burdett Airport
Incredibly, many were just boys @ barely 18, yet these 'boys'
become some of the most revered aviation dynamos of our country-
Following are just a few of these 'Pioneers of Aviation'!
W-F-W Aircraft Company Woolsey-Frye-Whittier
Thunderbird Aircraft Company July 1926
Because Jack Frye died so young publications throughout the years have missed many of his
biggest accomplishments. Few people realize Frye’s association with the Thunderbird was much
more than, "once a chief test pilot for the company”. Thunderbird was a company which built a
plane by the same name, designed by aircraft pilot engineer, Theodore (Ted) A. Woolsey. Jack
Frye; however, was the vision and development behind this plane, and it was he who
commissioned (Woolsey) to design the aircraft to his (Frye's) specifications. The plane was a
Jack Frye development from the beginning. This process was much like many other planes
Jack was responsible for throughout the years, but unfortunately, did not receive credit for.
Company Ownership and History
Initially, the company was launched with the ownership of William John (Jack) Frye, (Jack’s
close friend) Nelson (Paul) Whittier, and Theodore (Ted) Woolsey. Jack served as chief test pilot
and aviator Paul Whittier served as the financier. All three gifted associates had much to offer
the new venture. Eventually, the company spun off into another stage as "Thunderbird
Aircraft" but Frye was the de facto father of the plane. The ensuing Great Depression was a
difficult time for new airplane ventures and the Thunderbird unfortunately disappeared by 1930.
This was no reflection on this advanced plane which was very popular with aviators for many
years. The futuristic looking Thunderbird was flown by Frye for its first public flight and
thereafter, often in demos for the press, and as well, for many air shows of the period. On the
tail was displayed “The Thunder Bird”. The plane was heavily associated with Burdett Airport
and Aero Corporation which Jack Frye was president, and was produced in Glendale, California.
Details and Information on the Thunderbird
Information in regard to Thunderbird Aircraft is limited but the most comprehensive article
available on Thunderbird can be found by searching on Google and typing in “Vintage Aircraft
Thunderbird”. This article, written and researched by James E. Dunavent, (reprinted from 1964)
is the most informative historical chronicle available on this rare plane. It not only details Jack
Frye's launch of Thunderbird, but mentions Jack's pal Paul Whittier, as well. The article is a
"must-read" in regard to Thunderbird Aircraft and W.F.W. Company (Corporation). The only
surviving Thunderbird can be found at the Eagles Meer Air Museum. One glaring error in the
article unfortunately is that it states the Thunderbird was launched in summer of 1925, but
media documentation proves it was actually July of 1926. More information on Whittier can be
found on Page 1909.
Thunderbirds of Note
Of course the most famous pilot associated with the Thunderbird but all but forgotten today was
Jack Frye. This is documented with press coverage of the day. The first flight was a media
covered celebration at Aero Corporation Field on Sunday July 11, 1926. This was the first
Thunderbird and it was delivered to Jack Frye. The plane was christened with a champagne
bottle broken on the landing gear by movie star Alberta Vaughn, as assisted by Frye. Theodore
A. Woolsey (the designer of the plane) was also a guest of honor and I certainly would assume
N. Paul Whittier was in attendance, as well. After the press was able to examine the new plane
Frye took off in the Thunderbird demonstrating its attributes to several hundred aviation
enthusiasts in attendance. For 15 minutes, he swooped and dived, performing various “daring”
stunts for the crowd after which he took passengers up for flights, the first being Mrs. N. W.
Henderson. The L.A. Times ran photo of Frye and Vaughn with plane and story on July 12, 1926.
The Thunderbird was designed as a speedy light passenger commercial plane dully noted for its
speed and stability. The plane displayed an appearance of the futurist ship Frye desired- totally
enclosed engine, with only the exhaust tips visible. The plane was designed to be fast and sleek
and left most other designs of its day in the dust. It was similar to the Eagle Rock of the day but
even more streamlined and lithe. Truly, Woolsey had created a masterpiece of aero design!
Aero Corporation of California
According to the book "Legacy of Leadership, a Pictorial History of TWA" Standard Air Lines
was founded on February 3, 1926. The founders, of course, were Jack Frye, Paul E. Richter, Jr.,
and Walter A. Hamilton. This was a natural progression in Jack’s desire to expand the Burdett
operation to mail transport (with passengers). Legacy of Leadership, in my opinion, is one of the
very best sources of historic information on TWA and its origins. This, because it was written by
TWA pilots and personnel with TWA documentation. I have never been able to document this
date with media sources but I likely will eventually. The date can; however, be documented by
Jack Frye and his penchant for numbers and the commemoration of dates throughout his life.
One example is the record flight he undertook on February 3, 1946. Frye piloted a TWA
Constellation airliner with 45 passengers and 7 crew members on a record breaking coast to
coast shot. The date was purposely set to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of one
of Transcontinental & Western Air Inc.’s predecessor companies (Standard). As media of the
time worded it, to paraphrase, “Frye chose the date to commemorate the airline he started 20
years prior, utilizing one Fokker airliner, initiating airline service between L.A., Sky Harbor,
and Tucson, thrice a week”. In reality though history notates Aero Corporation was founded
first in 1926, and Standard was founded a year later, in 1927, when air line service commenced.
The Chief Pilot of Aero Corporation was Jack Frye. It must be noted that Aero was the first
step toward the formation of an airline. Either way we have the date it all started. Now for
another somewhat spooky fact in regard to Jack and numbers. Jack Frye died on February 3,
1959, exactly 33 years to the day, that his initial airline was launched. This would have been just
like Jack, in knowing that someday someone (me) would notice the startling correlation.
There were many partners involved with Aero Corporation outside of the three men listed above
but I stand firm in stating Jack Frye was the driving force of each company he was president of
throughout his life and without this dynamic, Aero, Standard, and TWA, would never have
existed. People may try to connect the dots without Frye but such an effort never succeeds. That
said; however, the talents of Richter and Hamilton insured the survival of Aero and Standard.
Another notable and ‘oft seen Thunderbird was delivered to silent film star John Bowers, July
of 1927. Seen in many vintage images, this plane was in attendance at many air shows of the
day. The plane was adorned with the lettering "Warren School of Aeronautics". Bowers was
married to movie starlet, Marguerite De La Motte. When the plane was delivered to Bowers
from the factory he was not yet a pilot, but was taking lessons at Aero Field and was taught to
how handle the plane (likely by Frye) who was an expert on its design and operation. Whittier,
who was also taught to fly by Frye was an expert pilot, as well, but it is not known how often he
flew the plane he helped finance. Another Thunderbird was used by Whittier as a Sky Cop with
the Beverly Hills Air Patrol. More information can be seen on Page 1909.
Front Page Los Angeles Times- 1st Flight ThunderBird- Jack Frye
Events In and Around Burdett Airport
From the June Smith Collection, the image above was originally titled, "Mr. and Mrs. McDougle
and Happy Russel on the way to San Francisco" (in June's handwriting). Mystery is: that it is
found to not be Bon MacDougall (left), and likely not his wife. The man on the right is correctly
noted as Harold "Hap" Russell, who by the end of the '20's, was the Chief Pilot for Standard Air
Lines. The image was likely captured at Burdett Airport. In a process of identification I feel the
man on the left is 13 Black Cat- Herd McClelland, the lady possibly parachuter aviatrix Bobby
Chase, and the man on the right, remains Hap Russell. The "San Francisco", perhaps as
associated with the Dole Race? Thought to be a photo June Smith took himself but because it
appears on another website perhaps a publicity image passed around to Burdett associates.
Nearly in the shadow of the Burdett Airport
flight office Burdett ground crew men above
are unidentified except that of Burdett Fuller
who is second from left with pry bar. It appears
he is trying to change a tire on a Jenny with
help and perhaps not so helpful group who
have gathered to offer pointers? Always, the
Burdett camaraderie was jolly and warm.
Above is a fuselage modified Douglas M-1 mail plane, as notated on tail, thought to be the
Major Spatz, 1927. The second image is a U.S. Army Bomber Bombardment insignia, (either
20th or 29th) found on a Martin NBS heavy bomber at Clover Field, Santa Monica. Because this
plane was so unusual and historically connected I have decided to feature large images below.
Aviation legend Frye and an unidentified lady at Burdett Airport. Jack is holding a model
airplane with prop spinning. Jack and his brother Don were known to have built model planes
as teenagers. Previously a mystery photo- finally after 5 years I may have connected it to a
possible similar event. The image is likely associated with a promo similar to one held at Aero
Field (94th and Western) on July 29, 1929 as sponsored by Standard Air Lines and Desmond’s
Boy’s Store of L.A. This was a contest where 50 young boys tested a variety of model glider
planes for judges, A. W. Poole (L.A. Chamber of Commerce), Lieut. Jack Frye (president
Standard Air Lines) and Dudley Steele (aviation manager of Richfield Oil Corp.). The image
obviously is a different but similar occasion, especially, when you observe the winter clothing.
The lady is likely entrant mother, or a fan of Frye who was a well-known aviator of the day.
Clover Air Port- Santa Monica
(Right) is a candid snapshot of one of June's fly-pals taken in front of "Kelly's Airport" also a
California School of Aeronautics. This Hawthorne airport, one of many small air fields scattered
around S.W. Los Angeles in the 1920's, was located at Inglewood Avenue and Broadway.
Broadway becomes 124th Street at this intersection. The pilot is unidentified but a good
example of why the gals flocked to these early airports in the 1920's, tanned, good-looking and
a perfect example of an early American aviator. Many of these pilots went on to serve in World
War II. At one point I thought this man may be George Strimple (discussed below) but
unfortunately I think the dates are too far off. We will likely never know the identification of
this early California mystery aviator.
Military Air Show '27
The image above is an ominous looking World War I Martin MB-2 or NBS-1 bomber captured at
a military air show. Behind the massive bomber is a Army flight office with flag and a
uniformed military officer at the entrance. Notice the plane engines and cockpit are shrouded in
tarps and the Army encircled star on the wing tips. I have made many attempts to positively
identify this plane but unfortunately the insignia and lettering is not clear enough. It would be
too easy to jump to the conclusion that this plane is the well-documented Martin NBS-1 which
served with the 20th Bombardment group and conducted a 8,257 mile tour of the United States
in 1923. The above image was thought to be taken in 1927, not 1923. On the 1923-tour it is
assumed the plane was captured on film by many an aviation enthusiast as it journeyed around
the country. Our image displays an insignia of what appears to be the 28th or 29th Bomber
Group with additional writing on the nose indicating this particular bomber was possibly based at
San Antonio. Other fuselage lettering shows "Airways, Coast to Coast, and U.S. Army". The
location of the above photograph was Clover Field in Santa Monica which was also a staging base
for the U.S. Army Air Corps (pre-Air Force). It is not known if a Martin bomber ever landed at
the Standard Air Lines-Aero Corporation Field in the 1920’s. (NBS stands for Night Bombing
Short Range and the plane was later manufactured by Curtiss.) This was the first U.S. designed
heavy bomber and the first effective aircraft bomber of war ships. These planes were essentially
underpowered cumbersome gliders, which on the 1923 tour, terrified pilots when they barely
cleared various U.S. mountain ranges by inches at 90 m.p.h. and virtually no climbing abilities.
Boat or a plane? Perhaps a civilian version of the Martin bomber design? This plane shows up
also in the image above of the Major Spatz plane shown farther up this page.
On take off one can observe prop spin of the dual Liberty engines with pilot standing in cockpit
in front of the wings and another sitting in the tip of the nose. The plane carried a crew of four.
Some of the images on this page are not directly associated with Jack Frye but they feature
men that Frye knew personally and were photographed by Jack's close friend June Smith- one
of the very earliest Burdett Airport aviators. I have included the images because of their
historical merit to this early aviation era. Please click on images for larger files.
In the above image you can clearly see the forward two pilots as the plane is climbing above
Clover Field if you click on the file for the larger version.
Insignia is a
it looks like a
Lastly the Martin MB2 dropping down to Clover Field for a landing just before touching down.
The Aero Corporation image (above) was offered to Sedona Legend by Gary M. Lewis who
received the original photograph from his step-mother (Jenette Tindale). The photo originated
from the collection of her father (Bert Tindale) who was Ryan Airline plant superintendent and
Wing Department chief. Tindale was instrumental in the design and construction of the famous
Charles Lindbergh (Ryan) plane “Spirit of St. Louis” in the late 1920’s. In the image above we
can view what is obviously a company portrait of the ‘oft seen movers and shakers of Aero
Corporation of California (occasion unknown). The date? Hard to discern but likely about
1926-28, shown are several pilots, the formation of Standard came 1 year after Aero in 1927.
Back row (right) is Jack Frye (leader of the group) and president of the Aero and Standard Air
Lines. Back row (left) is Walter Hamlton (Jack's good friend and business partner). Front row
(third from left) is ground crew member "Freddie" (also seen on Page 1925). The men pictured
are pilots and ground crew of Aero Corporation and Standard Air Lines (notice the initials on
their overalls). The building in the background is named "The Aero Corporation of Cal.". I am
going to go out on a limb and say intuition indicates this photo was taken at 99th and Western
Ave., the new Aero Corporation Field location. The plane (likely a JN4 "Jenny") as flown by
Frye, also seen on Page 1925 (in a photo with Jack and his brother Don). This image exists in at
least three versions (on file with Sedona Legend archives). Photographer or circulation by
Martin Photo Service, an agency often associated with early Frye company images.
Forgotten Motion Picture Pilots
George V (Von) Strimple- Fox Studios Aerial Photographer
Lest we Forget
So many talented young pilots died too young and so few lived to maturity yet we hear mostly
about the ones who lived rich and full lives. In the rugged infancy of aviation one brilliant
young man beloved by those who worked with him was George V. Strimple.
He was taught to fly by Burdett Fuller (soloed by October of 1932) at the Pacific School of
Aviation @ Clover Field, Santa Monica. George was a natural and soloed in just 6 hours! This
was quite unusual, as Burdett required 10-hours for a license (in most instances).
George was a crack trick-shot aerial cameraman for Fox Studio and even owned his own plane
with "George Strimple" prominently emblazoned on the side and “Fox Studio”. The guy was so
incredibly attractive he could have easily excelled as a matinée idol but it was his desire to be a
pilot and cameraman. Strimple also worked as a Motion Picture Artist with the Fox Studio Art
Department as reflected in a 1930 U.S. Census report.
Tragically, seemingly, on nothing more significant than the roll of dice, some of these early
pilots survived and others were cast aside. Within 2-short years after launching his promising
aerial career, George Strimple- dashing Hollywood aerial cameraman was gone.... Hollywood
The day before Valentine's Day (February 13, 1934) 27-year-old Strimple and studio pal
Lt. Otis C. Freeman rented a plane and flew for presumably 2-hours before they encountered
engine failure and were forced to make an emergency landing. They spotted the sand dunes of
Del Rey hills (Westchester Bluffs) near what is now known as Playa Del Rey and tried to “set
her down” but unfortunately they both died on impact in the crumpled wreck. This area was
east of the Burdett Air Field (on the coast) off the west end of Manchester Avenue. Freeman
was reported to be the pilot, Strimple the passenger. One report states it was a private plane.
Freeman was approximately 37 years old (press reports stated 34), a Lieutenant in the U.S.
Army Reserve (U.S.A.A.F.) a screenwriter and a Fox Studio aerial cameraman/pilot. He left
behind a wife, Jennie M. (Gene), a son Otis S. Jr., and a daughter Jacqueline G. Freeman. Otis
is credited as a writer on the 1930 Fox Studio movie "Men Without Women", a submarine war
film which featured an early appearance by John Wayne.
Strimple was but only 27, his entire life ahead of him. A 1930 U.S. Census report shows George
and his wife Zoe R. Mayo living with her grandmother Arizona L. Emerson, at 8700 Ashcroft
Avenue, Beverly Hills, CA. (the Strimples were married in 1928). George's brother was a high-
ranking Czecho-Slovakian Cabinet Minister. George immigrated from Bohemia in 1922.
The accident was reported out of Ocean Park on (AP) with a news release from Fox Studio.
For a photo of the dashing George Strimple: See the Burdett Fuller archive of San Diego Air
and Space Museum- here and here.
Calpet Air Show with exhibit of the famous “Josephine Ford” Fokker
(Because of weather some of the events of this Calpet sponsored event were carried over to
November 14) bad luck plagued the participants of this show. Crowds were estimated at 10,000
people (one source stated 20,000 spectators).
Stunts by Bobby Chase- Al Johnson- Fred “Freddie” Osborn- and Jackie Dare-
Chase and Johnson Face Near Death (for real) in front of thousands
This sky-high air circus was replete with air stunts, most prominently parachute, and crowned
by an altitude contest and the first attempt at commercial altitude records. Entered by various
pilots and planes from the length of the west coast.
Display of the triple motored Fokker FVII “Josephine Ford” by Lieut. Floyd Bennett which was
flown on a record-breaking world famous flight to the North Pole by he and Admiral Richard E.
Byrd. (This record has been since disputed).
Famous lady parachutist Bobby Chase (Long Beach) displayed her skills by jumping from an
airplane at 800-feet (some sources state 1500-feet) above the roaring crowd of thousands,
however, to the horror of the crowd, and completely unplanned, is her chute became entangled
in the landing gear of her support plane. Her pilot Kenneth Montee, unable to help, could only
circle at 60 M.P.H. while Bobby floundered helplessly like a fish caught on a line 30-feet below
the plane. Her hands bleeding from clawing at her death ropes. Pilot Montee waved frantically
at the ground, pleading for assistance, after which pilot Al Johnson jumped into his Jenny while
passenger-stuntman Freddie Osborne clambered aboard. The two quickly lifted off, full throttle,
rushing to the aid of the stricken Chase. Al positioned his ship directly under Bobby whilst
Osborne tried to swing her up onto the wing of their plane. Unfortunately in the buffeting winds
this failed, so Freddie quickly scrambled aboard Montee’s plane, this at an estimated 500 feet.
He lowered himself down to the landing carriage where he managed to untangle the lines and
cut the strap which was securing Chase. This allowed her to drop away as her chute deployed.
She drifted to the ground landing 2-miles away at Venice Beach. A rather hard landing on
pavement awaited Chase and her ankle was severely injured after she hit a curb. An ambulance
transported her to the Clover Field, Base Infirmary, where she was treated and released.
Interestingly, Johnson and Osborne had just before the incident lodged a formal complaint to
the N.A.A. against the performance of Chase because she was not an official entry. She thus
spontaneously performed the ill-fated feat after attending the event as a spectator. This was not
proper form in air shows. See photo of Bobby Chase on airplane (above).
Meanwhile, Albert Johnson, celebrated member of the 13 Black Cat Hollywood stunt team and
expert parachutist, performed for the crowd with his plane transfers and jumps from low
altitude planes; however, misfortune and bad luck haunted his day. As he had done dozens of
times Al scrambled from one plane to another for the insatiable crowds but on one attempt the
connecting ship grazed the other from underneath and ripped a foot of fabric off the wing (the
audible crash) made the spectators wince. After 7 circles over the staging area, at last, Al was
able to grab the second Jenny and crawl aboard at an elevation of just 125 feet. The crowd
cheered, but Al was shaken, after fighting turbulence during the performance. The weather was
so poor this weekend that many events were rescheduled to the next weekend.
Johnson’s finale was a sensational jump, at 150-feet, out of a roaring plane over the field.
Unfortunately for Johnson his chute did not properly deploy! Black Cat Al landed flat on his
back, the air slammed out of him, by the terrific force. The crowd rushed the field to aid the
movie company parachutist who lay in deadly silence, not stirring. Emergency crews rushed to
his side to find that he was not dead as feared, just stunned. Police were overwhelmed by
thousands of spectators who crowded around Johnson which delayed his transport by ambulance
to the nearby Clover Field Army Base Hospital where he recovered albeit missing one of his
invaluable Black Cat 9 lives. Soon they would be all be used up…. by 1927.
Out of five parachute participants leaping out of planes and trying to land at a specified mark,
17-year-old high school girl Jackie Dare (Los Angeles) won 1st place landing 138 feet from the
“X”. Participants in this event were numbered at five performers.
Commercial Plane Altitude Attempts
Calpet Altitude Competition- these events were in part to test Calpet aviation blend gasoline
1st Place, Paul Richter (Eagle Rock)
Please note- the winning record was stated by some sources at 18,000 feet, but the official
California Petroleum Corporation, N.A.A., official record was actually 17,846 feet
2nd Place, Arthur “Art” Burns (Waco)
3rd Place, Jack Frye (Thunderbird) unknown elevation but both exceeded 12000 feet
The Calpet perpetual trophy was awarded to Richter by the wife of the president of California
Petroleum Corporation, Mrs. Jacques Vinmont. Richter extolled the virtues of Calpet as soon
as he landed, after his 3.5 mile climb, stating “winter Calpet gasoline is the fuel for me! It was
below zero when I hit my ceiling (plane’s limit) and my engine purred right along without a
miss, So I say, More Power to You- Calpet!” This type of endorsement was what this
competition was all about, especially since Calpet supplied all the gas, and some prizes were fuel
allotments. Charles H. Babb (secretary of the So. CA. N.A.A.) helped evaluate the records).
For further info on records attained at this particular Air Circus, please see Page 1925, under
heading- “Jack Frye Records” date of November 7, 1926.
Sunday November 7, 1926 (source-media)
Clover Field (Santa Monica) California
Sponsored by the California Petroleum Corporation
(bought out several years later by the Texas Company (Texaco Oil)
Forgotten Aviators- Names to Faces
On this page you will find a unique window into the Burdett Aerodrome operation found no
where else in the world. Images found in an old album never seen by the public until now, all
displayed for the sole purpose of bringing to life the glorious beginnings of west coast aviation.
Occasionally, I am offered such historic materials; however, many times these materials are
offered with uncomfortable strings. Refreshingly, the Smith archive has been offered to Sedona
Legend just to get it "out there" with no shading or agenda. Gracious thanks to Denis Smith for
his insight and efforts!
The showcase is oriented around Jack Frye's association with Burdett Airport, as before he
came on the scene in 1922-1923, Burdett Field was just another dusty Los Angeles landing strip,
initially just an empty lot. Although Burdett Fuller founded the air field, I daresay, he himself
would agree it was Jack Frye’s association which launched it to stellar heights. After meeting
Frye, Burdett almost immediately offered him a 50/50 partnership. Why? Because he recognized
in Jack a successful drive toward the development and future of aviation. Certainly, one of the
smartest moves Fuller ever made, to be sure. The Burdett-Frye partnership is legendary and
the aviation school borne at this time on Western Avenue at Los Angeles (Inglewood) became
the West Coast’s finest!
With great men there comes great change, for it is these men of vision, charisma, and
perseverance who are the catalysts who change our world. Burdett Airport is remembered as a
shining example of all things stellar regarding the west coast's immersion into an exciting new
world of aviation. Because of this accomplishment the imprint of this flight operation has
reached historic heights in the collective aviation memory of our country. Jack Frye was the
hub at which this wheel of accomplishment spun. Not only did the experience enable him to
branch into numerous related ventures and associations, but in time he became the most
valuable founding force of Aero Corporation, Standard Air Lines, and T.W.A., not to mention
his association with Western Air Express. Great men gravitated toward him and monumental
milestones were accomplished. With the essence of a true visionary and entrepreneur Jack Frye
affected the lives of millions of people. Yet, in barely 50-years, he was gone from our planet.
Thankfully, though, his legacy of flight will continue for an eternity!
The person responsible for this archive is an energetic young aviator named June Smith. This
pilot, in his early to mid-twenties, through a close association with Frye and Fuller, captured
some of the earliest images which exist of this era (1924-1929). June flew with the men of
Burdett Field, worked along side them and socialized with them. In time, he came to know a
young Paul Richter, as well, (this after Richter came to be associated with Fuller and Frye in
'25). It was Frye and Fuller who taught June how to fly (September of 1924). Later, by 1925,
Frye also taught Aero and T.W.A. founders Richter and Walt Hamilton to fly too. By 1927, June
was working for Standard Air Lines, and eventually, by 1929, he took the position as manager
and Chief Pilot for the Golden Eagle School of Aeronautics, at Glendale Arizona.