This is a single-engine, advance trainer aircraft used during WWII. The prototype first flew in 1935, and the first models went into production in 1937. More than 17,000 were built. Our aircraft was built in 1943 and is in the Aleutian colors of aircraft flying there in WWII.
The Zero was a long-range fighter aircraft operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940-5, and was considered the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world. It had excellent maneuverability, long range and a legendary reputation as a dogfighter. The Zero was involved in the air raid over Dutch harbor on June 4, 1942. Many flight characteristics were learned from recovering a Zero that crashed landed on Akutan Island.
First flown in 1930, the Pilgrim served as an airliner, bush plane and USAAF light cargo and supply aircraft. The Pilgrim served in all parts of Alaska and played a part in the construction of the Al-Can highway. The Pilgrim is in Alaska Airways livery, and had been hauling fish from Bristol Bay until 1985
The Royal Air Force initially ordered what would be designated by the USAAF as the AT-6 Texan in 1938 and named it 'Harvard'. In 1940, the Harvard MkIIB was built under license in Montreal for the Royal Canadian Air Force, the RAF and the USAAF, with a total 2,557 built. It is reported that in WWII an occasional Harvard would fly in to Annette Island, Alaska, where Canadian units were stationed, adding to the strength of the 11th Air Force.