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
With the arrival of the airplane, Alaska’s remote regions were finally within reach, and pilots routinely carried mail, freight, and passengers to formerly isolated villages. Bush pilot Linious “Mac” McGee helped transform commercial aviation when in 1932 he founded McGee Airways, one of Anchorage’s first air services. The company merged with Star Air Service two years later and, in 1944, became Alaska Airlines.