My grandfather was born in 1898 in the Oklahoma Territory. He spent his childhood riding a horse, wearing a gun on his hip and creating havoc on the ground, but he had a fascination with the sky. He made his way to Prescott, Arizona and caught the eye of my grandmother when she saw him working as a mechanic on automobiles. By 1925 my grandfather mail ordered a Curtiss-Wright Airplane and put it together himself. In the same year he married my grandmother in Northern Arizona. My grandmother, who was just 18, held claim that she parachuted out of his plane after they were married.
In 1939 my grandfather flew his way to the World Fair in a single engine plane from Arizona to New York. He and my grandmother obviously survived their crazy antics or I wouldn’t be here telling this story. (and you thought your kids were crazy) My grandparents had two daughters, one being my mother.
World War II broke out and my grandfather and his brother went to Dallas Texas for one lesson in flying and my grandfather became the Director of Southwest Airways. He was commissioned by the government to train flight instructors for the military and put on a military uniform. I could go on about all the famous people who enrolled to take flight training under the instruction of my grandfather during W W II, like Gene Autry, John Paine and Norma Shearer, but that is another story.
By 1946 my grandfather opened the first Flying Service in Arizona on Sky Harbor Airport. It was called Davis Flying Service. He taught many people how to fly airplanes, one of those people was my father. My father married my mother in 1947 and new world opened up to a man who fought on the ground as a sniper shooter in W W II in Europe. My father became a very successful and most respected Corporate Pilot in Arizona.
My grandparents were married for 62 years when my grandfather passed away and my parents were married for 56 years when my father passed away. Both men, are a legend in their own right and time to what they brought to the history of flying in this Country.