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
In 1940, Pacific Alaska Airways started regular airmail and passenger service from the contiguous United States to Alaska. The airline, which used the four-engine Sikorsky S-42 and a Lockheed Electra to complete the route, issued this first-day mail cover to celebrate the event.