Alaska and the Airplane
For a century, each has shaped the other.
- By Julie Decker and Jeremy Kinney
- Air & Space magazine, June 2013
Anchorage Museum / Wien Collection
On June 5, 1925, former barnstormer Noel Wien made the first commercial flight between Fairbanks and Nome, covering the 560 miles in seven hours and 40 minutes in a Fokker monoplane. Here Fairbanks mayor, Dr. F. Dela Vernge (in derby), hands Wien a letter for personal delivery in the Bering Sea city. The cost of the charter flight: $1,500.