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
Flying in Alaska was as much about the ground as the air. The installation of skis on aircraft enabled take-offs and landings from snow, ice, and mud, making flying in Alaska a year-round activity. United Airmotive manufactured these Model 25B skis (above), intended for small aircraft like the Piper Super Cub.