January 6, 2015
Spartan Sponsored 4-H Robotics Team Wins First Place

The OKC Homeschool 4-H Robotics Team took 1st place at their regional championship in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, December 5th-6th. BEST Robotics is an organization dedicated to “Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology” by designing robotics competitions for teams to compete in. The OKC Homeschool 4-H Robotics Team is made up of 6th-12th grade homeschool, public and […]

July 22, 2014
What was up with Patty Wagstaff’s Extra 300S at Spartan College?

Bottom line, aviators helping aviators. Patty’s Extra was in need of an engine overhaul and one of the best engine overhaul companies in the nation is Barret Precision Engines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In order to repair the engine in time for Oshkosh, Patty needed hangar space in Tulsa. Spartan College was proud to assist and […]

January 31, 2014
13 Random Aviation Facts

For those who love aviation, flying is a passion and a life pursuit. It can also be completely baffling and amazing. Here are thirteen random facts about flight and flying that are guaranteed to make you think differently about your next trip in the sky. Fun Facts about 747s: You could probably fill a small book […]

December 27, 2013
Spartan College Alumni Testimonial: William Day

In the spring of 1965 I was an Air Force navigator preparing to leave active duty just as the major airlines were beginning to hire civilian pilots with low flight time.  I was aware that these rare windows of opportunity were of short duration and for me time was imperative.   In my five years of […]

September 2, 2013
Spartan College Announces 5-Year Partnership With USAF

As reported in the Tulsa World on August 28th, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has signed a $12 million, five-year contract to provide training to the United States Air Force. The program, similar to one Spartan participated in during the Iraq war, will prepare about 30 USAF personnel annually to work in Afghanistan as Air Force […]

August 9, 2013
Common Aviation Terms

Entering the world of aviation is like entering another country. It has its own people, its own customs—and its own language. This article provides a sample of some of aviation’s most common terms, with definitions. ATP (Airline Transport Pilot): The pilot certificate requiring the highest level of experience and skill, required for captains working for major […]

November 14, 2012
Women’s National Aeronautics Association Trains at Spartan

The Spartan News, published during the War years, documented the contributions of women pilots during that time, and the openness with which Spartan accepted them as equal partners in the war effort. Tulsa Women Organize Air Corps Unit Now Training at Spartan “The local branch of the Women’s National Aeronautics Association has recently completed arrangements […]

November 7, 2012
British Cadets Train in Spartan’s Flight School

The British Are Coming! (1941-1945)“Captain Maxwell Balfour, his piercing black eyes scanning the motley crew, gave them their first official greeting in the U.S. ‘Welcome to Tulsa.’, he said, ‘Climb on that bus and we’ll take you to breakfast’. The British had come to Spartan.”“One of five flying cadet schools to be operated in the […]

October 24, 2012
Morning Mission

The memorial as it stands at the Tulsa International Airport today. “During World War II, 16,000 young men of the United States and Allied Nations received flight training at the Tulsa Municipal Airport and subsidiary fields. Of these, 14,000 were trained by Spartan School of Aeronautics and 2,000 by the United States Army. In memory of these […]

October 10, 2012
Remembering J. Paul Getty

J. Paul Getty took ownership of Spartan in the 1930′s and inspected the Spartan Factory and School for the first time on December 7, 1939. Peek writes, “(Getty) was greatly impressed by ‘captain’ Max Balfour. He was running a . . . school training hundreds of army cadets, and appeared to be the kind of […]

October 9, 2012
FedEx Express Donates 727 to Spartan!

August 21, 2012 – A Boeing 727-200F aircraft from FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp.     (NYSE: FDX) was donated at the North Campus at Tulsa International Airport. College and  Community leaders gathered to celebrate this generous donation to Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology.  A tour of the aircraft followed its arrival. “As we retire […]

October 3, 2012
Spartan’s Aircraft Manufacturing History

Not only has Spartan contributed to the evolution of the aviation industry by training highly skilled pilots and aircraft technicians. Spartan has also had a history in manufacturing quality aircraft. The aviation school is the only college in the nation to have also been involved in the manufacturing as well as development of new airplanes. 1927 […]

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