Nolan Wayne Bailey


Firebird Pilot




  • Native of Bienville Parish, Louisiana
  • Married to Jo Ann Fontenot of Eunice and Ringgold, Louisiana
  • Son: Nolan W. Bailey, Jr., Raytheon Software Engineer, Dallas, Texas
  • Son: Brett W. Bailey, Screenwriter
  • Daughter: Lauren Elizabeth Bailey, Pre-Med Student at Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Former residence: Natchitoches, Louisiana (Site of the movie "Steel Magnolias")
  • Present residence: Rowlett, Texas




  • BA in Secondary Education, Louisiana Tech University (January 1962)  Student Teacher: Ruston High School (1961-62) .  Supervising Teacher:  Morgan D. Peoples.  Subject:  American History         
  • Graduate, Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 63-G, 3615th Student Squadron, Craig AFB, AL (April 1962 - May 1963)
  • BPA in Professional Photography, Brooks Institute, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, Santa Barbara, CA (October 1967 - February 1970)
    • Graduated first in class
    • Presented Brooks Achievement Award  -  School’s highest award for academic excellence.

"From time to time the faculty awards a plaque for excellence to the graduate or graduates, who, in their estimation, have done especially outstanding work in the course of their study at Brooks Institute. This award is not based solely upon grade averages, but rather takes into account the creativity of the person's thinking, his quality of work produced, his ability to work with other people, as well as the technical proficiency which he has developed. With the high standards, which are expected of a plaque winner, it is understandable that the award is not necessarily made at every graduation. This is not an automatic award to 'the best in class' but rather is a recognition of achievement in accordance with the ideal of the 'best in photography.'"

  • CFII ASMEL - (Certified Flight Instructor Instrument--Aircraft Single and Multiengine Land) Brown & Brown Flying School, Rockwall, TX (1976)
  • Master of Science in Educational Media and Technology, East Texas State University, Commerce, TX (1981)
  • Master of Science +30, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA (1986)



PROFESSIONAL (Military - April 1962 to September 1967)

  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Lockheed C-130D (Ski Model) Pilot
  • Graduate of UPT Class 63-G, Craig AFB, AL (May 10, 1963)
  • Assigned to 347th TCS, Dyess AFB, TX (June 7, 1963)
  • Assigned to 17th TCS (July 11, 1963 - September 5, 1967)
  • Graduate C-130 Combat Crew Training School, Class 65A-6, 4442nd School Squadron, Sewart AFB, TN (November 1963)
  • A pilot on first 17th TCS crew transferred to Alaska (April 1, 1964)
  • OIC of Squadron Marksmanship and Physical Training
  • Project Long Shot Crew Member
  • Project Blue Ice Support Crew Member
  • Alaska State Skeet Shooting Champion, Fort Richardson, AK (1966)



PROFESSIONAL (Post Military - 1967 to Present)

  • Professional Photographer, Drummond Photography, Shreveport, LA (1970 - 1971)
    • Best Commercial-Industrial Photograph in Louisiana (1970)
  • Assistant Professor of Photography, East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas (1971-1981)
    • Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts (1981)
    • Member of Faculty Senate
    • Member of Graduate Faculty
    • Students won over 500 awards in intercollegiate and professional competitions
    • Charter Member - Accreditation Commission for Pre-Professional Photography, Photographic Art and Science Foundation, Chicago, IL (1977-1981)
  • Chief Flight Instructor & Charter Pilot, Majors Aviation Service, Greenville, TX (1977-1981: Summers and after hours)
  • Assistant Professor of Photography and Aviation Science, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA (1981-1986)
    • Sponsor: NSU Competition Flight Team (1985)
    • Ground Instructor of top collegiate pilot in USA -- Mike Turk (1985)
    • Vice-President Faculty Senate
    • Member of Graduate Faculty
    • Member of Presidents’ Faculty Advisory Committee to Louisiana Board of Trustees for State Colleges and Universities
  • Computer Science Teacher, Arcadia High School, Arcadia, LA (1986 - 2002)
    • Teacher of the Gifted K-12
    • LACUE Louisiana High School Computer Teacher of the Year (1994)
    • State of Louisiana Teacher Evaluation Program rating: Superior
  • Retired from Arcadia High School - awaiting next career (May 2002)




Craig AFB in 1963 - Class 63G

Brooks Institute in 1968






Brooks Institute in 1969

Northwestern State University

About 1984


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