John Swope (1908 – 1979) was a photographer for Life Magazine, and a pilot.
He was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1908.
He attended Harvard University in 1930. There, he joined the theatrical group University Players where Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, and Jimmy Logan are also members.
His interest in photography began when he brought a camera to a yacht race from Los Angeles to Hawaii in 1936.
Together with Leland Hayward and John H. Connelly, he co-founded Southwest Airways (no connection to the present day Southwest Airlines), a company that developed the Thunderbird Fields, which trained thousands of military pilots during the Second World War.
He was married to actress Dorothy McGuire in 1943 until his death in 11 May 1979.
70 (age at death)
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