Photo © Jack Barrey
Aviation is the backbone of transportation in the largest state in the U.S., a place where the reach of roads and rail lines goes only so far. Thousands of Alaskans depend on air travel today, just as they did when bush pilots first took to the air.
The Alaska Aviation Museum preserves the history of the state’s aviators and the planes they flew. The museum is located in Anchorage on the shores of the largest seaplane base in the world, with more than 87,000 take-offs annually.
Since the museum’s 1977 opening, it has continued to collect and display aircraft from all eras of Alaska aviation, from the 1928 Stearman C2B to the 1981 Boeing B737-29OC. The museum features interactive exhibits that pull visitors into the world of small plane aviation so crucial in this vast state. For fans of aviation pioneers, an Alaska Aviation Hall of Fame presents memorabilia, photographs, films and artifacts from personal collections of Alaska’s pioneer aviators.