The Boeing School of
Aeronautics was started by Boeing
to compete against the Wright
brothers' Wright Flying
School and Curtiss
Flying School in San Diego,
1929 at Oakland Municipal airport, the school started with a staff of 19 and
100 students. It was licensed by the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce, who had
taken over the licensing of aviation schools.
By 1937 the school had
expanded operations to 41 staff and 500 students.
In October 1938 General
Arnold brought in the top three aviation school representatives to
request they establish an unfunded startup of Civilian
Pilot Training Program schools at their own risk. These were Oliver Parks of Parks Air
College, C. C. Moseley
of the Curtiss-Wright
Technical Institute, and Theopholis
Lee of the Boeing School of Aeronautics; all agreed to start work.
This expanded in 1940 to include training of 5000 U.S. Army Mechanics. The
school expanded to 14 buildings and 1000 students at its peak in 1942.
Commercial pilot training was suspended to customer United Airlines to meet
wartime demand in August that year.
By 1943 the CPTP contract had expired and
Boeing absorbed the school operations into the parent company. The facilities
remained under the new name United Air Lines Training Center which continued to
train mechanics under a Navy contract until 1945, before closing.
The school operated early
Boeing aircraft. These included the Boeing Model 81 and Model 100 pursuit fighter 1928,
Boeing Model 203
in 1929. Students would help design, develop, test fly and maintain Boeing
aircraft, providing the parent company sales and engineering feedback. Several
original aircraft were designed by students and teachers, such as the 1939 Thorp T-5, and T-6.