Alaska and the Airplane
For a century, each has shaped the other.
- By Julie Decker and Jeremy Kinney
- Air & Space magazine, June 2013
Alaska State Library
James and Lilly Martin—both aviators—shipped their Martin Tractor Aeroplane from Seattle to Fairbanks, and on July 3, 1913, they introduced Alaska to the spectacle of powered flight. Onlookers watched as the biplane sped past at 45 mph and an altitude of 200 feet. Despite the theatrics, another decade passed before aviation took hold in the Territory.