Alaska and the Airplane
For a century, each has shaped the other.
- By Julie Decker and Jeremy Kinney
- Air & Space magazine, June 2013
Eric Long / NASM
Gasoline and oil were precious commodities for bush pilots, who often staged cans along their routes for refueling. Other products, like Ban-Ice, which prevented moisture in fuel systems from freezing, and Blazo Fuel, for portable heaters and stoves, increased the chances of survival. Creative bush pilots, as well as villagers, found innovative ways to use the empty cans and crates. Crates were turned into furniture, which came to be known as “Alaskan Chippendale.” The detritus of bush flying became part of everyday life in Alaska.