Davey brought from his Minnesota upbringing a strong spirit of
exploration, invention and innovation. His lifetime was spent
in aviation, as a mechanic who made aircraft safe for travelers,
and as a tireless investigator of incidents and crashes. He explored
the world, found it exciting, and longed for more.
As an inventor he produced more suggestions that were incorporated
into the systems of United Airlines than any other employee. His
mind constantly was entertained by issues of space and the frontiers
it presented. Tom was also a family man, having raised five children
with his wife, Christina, who predeceased him. His children inherited
his inquisitiveness, his sharp mind and intense sense of humor,
and provided him with eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Beware, dear son of my heart, lest in thy new-found power
thou seekest even the gates of Olympus . . . These wings may bring
thy freedom but may also come thy death.
-- Daedalus to Icarus, after teaching his son to use his new
of wax and feathers
Take nothing for granted; do not jump to conclusions; follow
every possible clue to the extent of usefulness . . . . Apply
the principle that there is no limit to the amount of effort justified
to prevent the recurrence of one aircraft accident or the loss
of one life.
-- Accident Investigation Manual of the U.S. Air Force
The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves
-- Igor I. Sikorsky, Russian born American Aeronautical
Engineer and Manufacturer