In 1928, founder W.G. Skelly was convinced that air transportation would come of age and bring with it a need for skilled aircraft technicians and pilots. He was right, and as a result, the Spartan aviation school, with its learn-by-doing teaching philosophy, quickly became a leader in aviation education, standing out from other aviation schools and programs. It’s a place for individuals to learn how to turn their passion for aviation into a career they love.
Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has trained more than 100,000 technicians and pilots at the Tulsa location over these past 87 years including the military, customized and traditional education programs. Through the performance of its graduates, Spartan College has a significant influence on world aviation.
The Spartan College Black Cat with the 13 signifies that “Knowledge and Skill Overcome Superstition and Luck”. The Black Cat was the original insignia of the Spartan College Dawn Patrol; its origin is an integral part of Spartan College’s history, going back to 1929. Spartan College’s Dawn Patrol was promoted as an exclusive international body. In the course of providing cross country and formation flying training, it also served to provide added glamour to attract students. The spirit that led to the formation of the Dawn Patrol probably was the first evidenced by a group that called themselves the “Three Blind Mice.”