Harvard MkIIB *

Harvard MK 4
Harvard MK 4

 History

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.

Centennial Celebration Sponsors

Thanks to our independence and liberty sponsors:

Thanks to our Freedom Sponsors and Friends of the Centennial:

  • Delta Western Fuel
  • Aniak Traditional Council
  • City of McGrath
  • Alaska Arctic Air
  • Wrights Air Service

The Association recognizes the following sponsors for their in-kind contributions:

  • Alaska Air Carriers Association
  • Alaska Airman’s Association
  • AVIS Rent A Car
  • Bald Mountain Air Service
  • Big Alaska Show
  • Bristol Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • City of McGrath
  • Cordova Chamber of Commerce
  • Cordova Historical society
  • DOWL-HKM
  • Empire Airlines
  • Galena Interior Learning Academy
  • Hertz
  • Homer Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Nome
  • Medallion Foundation>
  • NANA Development Corporation
  • Nullagvik Hotel
  • Kotzebue
  • Ocean Shore B&B
  • Pike’s Waterfront Lodge – Fairbanks
  • Pips Printing
  • Pratt Museum
  • Prince William Sound Motel – Cordova
  • Seattle Aviation Museum
  • Spidertracks
  • Susie’s Iditarod Cafe – McGrath
  • Totem Inn – Valdez
  • Top of the World Hotel
  • Alaska Aerofuel
  • Crowley Petroleum Distribution
  • Northern Petroleum Services
  • Delta Western Fuel
  • Bering Air
  • Nullagvik Hotel
  • NW Arctic Borough
  • Subway
  • 99’s
  • Three Bears

The Alaska Aviation Centennial Celebration

Centennial Poster

100 Years of Flight in Alaska

For 2013 the Alaska Air Show Association is proud to celebrate the importance and promise of Alaska aviation by providing barnstorming and fly-in activities, bringing living aviation history throughout the state over the course of several weeks this summer. Our goals are to recognize aviation achievement and make available a tangible, mobile museum that educates and inspires aviation enthusiasts and citizens at large of all ages.

View Centennial Celebration Photo Albums by city

KTUU: Watch Assignment Alaska: BT-13 Story

Celebrating 100 Years of Aviation in Alaska

By Kathleen McCoy, KSKA – Anchorage | June 7, 2013 – 1:00 pm

KNOM Interview in Nome

By Margaret DeMaioribus on June 21, 2013 in Audio

KDLG Public Radio – WWII Airplanes Barnstorm Dillingham

By Ben Matheson

Centennial Flight at Fairbanks Poster

 

Centennial Air Show Lands at Homer Airport

Centennial Celebration Final Event – July 27

At Wasilla Public Airport:

1:00 – Fly bys from T-6’s, L-13, BT-13, Harvard. Land and join the L-2, Grumman Albatross, Widgeon, Gull Wing Stinson, Volpar Turboliner Beech 18 and others on static display.

1:15 – Opening remarks from Mayor Vern Rupright and Chamber Executive Director Lyn Carden

1:30 – History or the first flight – Introduction of the Pilots and Museum staff.

1:45 – Meet and Greet Pilots – Free posters for pilot autographs

        – Youth Outreach, have planes, parachutes, for kids.

        – Aviation Museum will be there with free popcorn.

2:15 – Door Prizes and the Centennial Traveling Museum Exhibit on display.

2:30 – Begin to sequence the planes out for fly bys and departures.

Rides Available Contact Jane at 715-6708.

Routes and Dates

In the summer of 2013, come follow or fly along with the Alaska Aviation Centennial Celebration.

Click on the map to get the schedule for that city.

AACentennial-Map

cordova Valdez Talkeetna Homer iliamna King Salmon Dillingham Bethel Aniak Galena Unalakleet Nome Kotzebue Bettles Fairbanks Wasilla Alaska Aviation Museum Cordova Valdez Talkeetna Homer Iliamna King Salmon Dillingham Bethel Aniak Galena Unalakleet Nome Kotzebue Bettles Fairbanks Wasilla Alaska Aviation Museum

Anchorage – Cordova – Valdez – Anchorage

  • May 9-10 Cordova

    • 10:00am, May 9

      Making history once again, watch warbirds and vintage aircraft featuring the Japanese Zero, two T-6’s, American Pilgrim and L-13 as they depart Merrill Field marking the start of the Centennial Celebration of Flight!

    • 1:00pm–3:00pm, May 9

      Watch Warbirds and Vintage Aircraft as they fly into Cordova and demonstrate a “race track” pattern and fly-bys at Mudhole Smith Airport (traffic and weather depending) recreating the actual event that day in 1913. The pilot’s arrival will officially open the afternoon of festivities including the “Meet and Greet” the Centennial Pilots, stories about the First Flight, and facts about each aircraft at the static aircraft display.

    • 5:00pm-6:45pm, May 9

      Dinner and pilots talk at the Masonic Lodge hosted by the Cordova Chamber of Commerce. $10 for public, free if you bring a side dish.

    • 7:00pm-8:30pm, May 9

      Historical Society Program hosted by Cathy Sherman at the Cordova Museum featuring historical Exhibit to include interpretive displays brought by visiting pilots.

    • 7:30am-8:30am, May 10

      The Cordova Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Centennial pilots for breakfast at the Killer Whale Café.

    • 8:45am-9:15am, May 10

      The Mt. Eccles Elementary School will host a student assembly with the Centennial Pilots. The students will hear the pilots stories about the First Flight, interesting historical facts regarding the aircraft they are flying and stories about significant pilots and regional flights.

  • May 10-12 Valdez

    • 11:30am-5:00pm, May 10

      Watch Warbirds and Vintage Aircraft as they fly-into Valdez Airport and open the Centennial Festivities of the Valdez Fly In. Throughout the day, there will be a Static Display featuring the warbirds and vintage aircraft at Valdez Airport.

    • 11:30am-2:00pm, May 10

      Youth Outreach at the Civil Air Patrol Hangar at the Valdez Airport. Barbecue hosted by the Gilson Middle School and Valdez Air Show Association.

    • 1:00pm-2:00pm, May 10

      Centennial Pilot Chuck Miller awards Gilson Middle School Essay winner a ride in the T-6.

    • 4:30pm, May 10

      Centennial Celebration pilots attend the Friday Burgers and Brew event located in the Valdez Airport terminal.

    • Morning, May 11-12

      “Meet and Greet” the pilots at the Valdez Fly In will be announced periodically through the day. Get close-up and personal with the aircraft and pilots during a “Meet and greet” at the static aircraft display. Learn about the First Flight and facts about each aircraft on display on the airport ramp. Drawings for free prizes and free posters will be available for pilot autographs.

    • 11:20am-12:00, May 11

      Once again, the Centennial Pilots take to the air, flying a “race-track” pattern at Valdez Airport, recreating the actual event that day in 1913.

    • Afternoon, May 11-12

      “Meet and Greet” the pilots at the Valdez Fly In will be announced periodically through the day. Learn about the First Flight and interesting facts regarding each aircraft being flown. Drawings for free prizes and free posters available for pilot autographs.

    • 7:00pm, May 11

      The Centennial Pilots featured at the Valdez Fly In Awards Banquet held at the Valdez Airport Terminal. Hear the story about the first flight and the celebration planned.

    • 12:00-12:20pm, May 12

      Centennial Pilots take to the skies and present aerial demonstrations to include fly-by and “race-track” pattern flying recreating the First Flight event in 1913.

    • 2:30pm-2:45pm, May 12

      Centennial Pilots take to the skies and present aerial demonstrations in celebration of the First flight to include fly-bys and “race-track” pattern flying.

    • 3:00am-3:30pm, May 12

      Group photo with Centennial Pilots and other aerobatic planes.

Commumity Sponsors

Cordova:

  • cordove-history-society
  • centennial-celebration-small-1
  • Cordova-Logo-and-Seal
  • CPD
  • chinookautorentals-small
  • Prince William Sound Hotel

  • Valdez

  • Valdez Fly-in Association

Talkeetna – Bryant Army Airfield

  • May 18-19 Talkeetna

    • 10:30am-5:00pm, May 18

      As traffic permits, the Centennial Pilots will barnstorm into the Talkeetna Hudson Memorial Fly In by flying “race-track” patterns and fly-bys to let the town know the Warbirds and Vintage Centennial Aircraft are there. Upon landing (contact Flight Service), local community volunteers will marshal the centennial aircraft to parking.

      A Static Display of warbirds and vintage aircraft will be available to the public for viewing at the Talkeetna Airport through the day.

    • 1:00pm, May 18

      Museum Exhibit will be on display at the Don Sheldon Community Arts Hangar featuring interpretive panels on the First Flight and historically significant pilots and regional events.

    • 3:00pm-4:00pm, May 18

      Get up close with the Centennial Pilots and aircraft at the “Meet and Greet”.Talk with the pilots and learn more about the warbirds and vintage aircraft at the Talkeetna Airport. Drawings for free prizes and free posters will be available for pilot autographs.

    • 9:00am-11am, May 19

      Come to the Talkeetna Airport to enjoy the Pancake Breakfast with the Centennial Pilots.

    • 12:30pm, May 19

      See the Warbirds and Vintage Centennial Aircraft as they depart the Talkeetna Hudson Memorial Fly In. An aerial demonstration to include fly-bys and “race track” patterns will commemorate the first flight in 1913.

  • May 19 Bryant Army Airfield

    • 1:30pm, May 19

      Come and watch the Centennial Pilots arrive at Bryant Airfield conduct aerial demonstrations featuring select warbirds and vintage aircraft, weather and traffic permitting, to include fly-bys and “race-track” pattern flying commemorating the first flight in 1913.

    • 2:00pm–3:00pm, May 19

      Get close-up and personal with the aircraft and pilots during a “Meet and greet” at the static aircraft display. Learn about the First Flight Story, historically significant regional pilots and flights, and facts about each aircraft on display on the ramp. Drawings for free prizes and free posters will be available for pilot autographs.

      A Museum Exhibit will be on display at the Airfield featuring interpretive panels about the First Flight and histori- cally significant pilots and regional events.

    • 1:30pm–4:00pm, May 19

      Join the pilots and community for an fun afternoon featuring a community potluck and barbecue with pilot talks, aircraft viewing, and door prizes and more.

Commumity Sponsors

Talkeetna:

  • dac-logo-9
  • DBC-LOGO-3-COLOR-FINAL-(SMALL 72 DPI)
  • Above-Alaska-logo
  • Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce

  • Talkeetna Aero

  • Northern Guest house

Anchorage – Homer – Iliamna – King Salmon – Dillingham

  • May 24-25 Homer

    • 1:00pm, May 24

      Come and watch the Centennial Pilots arrive at Homer Airport and conduct aerial demonstrations featuring select warbirds and vintage aircraft, weather and traffic permitting, to include fly-bys and “race-track” pattern flying commemorating the first flight in 1913.

    • 2:00pm-3:00pm, May 24

      Get close-up and personal with the aircraft and pilots during a “Meet and greet” at Bald Mountain Air where the Warbirds and Vintage Aircraft will be on static display. Learn about the First Flight Story, historically significant regional pilots and flights and facts about each aircraft on display on the ramp. Drawings for free prizes and free posters will be available for pilot autographs.

    • 1:30pm-4:00pm, May 24

      A community gathering will be hosted at the Bald Mountain Air Hangar. Complimentary sandwiches and drinks courtesy of Homer Air, Pathfinder Aviation and Maritime Helicopters, will be provided.

      Select panels from the “Traveling Museum Exhibit” will be on display featuring the First Flight and significant and historical pilots.

    • 5:00pm-7:00pm, May 24

      Meet the Centennial Pilots and view the Traveling Museum Exhibit display at the Pratt Museum Reception. The exhibit features interpretive panels on the First Flight and historically significant pilots and regional events. Wine available for tasting is courtesy of Bear Creek Winery and Lodge. Cheese, crackers and reindeer sausage courtesy of Homer Air, Pathfinder Aviation and Maritime Helicopters, Homer Airport will be provided

  • May 25 Iliamna

    • 10:30am, May 25

      Pilots will barnstorm Iliamna upon arrival. Select aircraft will fly “race-track” pattern and runway flybys to encourage the community residents’ participation at Iliamna Airport.

    • 11:00am-12:30pm, May 25

      “Meet and Greet” the pilots at Crowley Petroleum, Iliamna Airport. Learn about the First Flight and interesting facts regarding each aircraft being flown. There will be drawings for free prizes and free posters available for pilot autographs.

  • May 25-26 King Salmon

    • 2:30pm, May 25

      Come and watch the Centennial Pilots arrive at King Salmon Airport and conduct aerial demonstrations featuring select warbirds and vintage aircraft, weather and traffic permitting, to include fly-bys and “race-track” pattern flying commemorating the first flight in 1913.

    • 3:00pm-6:00pm, May 25

      “Meet and Greet” the pilots at the General Aircraft Parking areas at the King Salmon Airport. Learn about the First Flight and interesting facts regarding each aircraft being flown. Drawings for free prizes and free posters will be available for pilot autographs

    • 2:30pm-4:00pm, May 25

      Come and join the community gathering, barbecue and potluck hosted by the Bristol Bay Chamber of Commerce at the King Salmon Airport.

      Museum Exhibit will be on display at the airport, weather depending. The museum exhibit features interpretive panels on the First Flight and historically significant pilots and regional events.

  • May 26 Dillingham

    • 10:30am, May 26

      Pilots will barnstorm Dillingham upon arrival. Select aircraft will fly a “race-track” pattern and runway flybys recreating the First Flight event of 1913 and to let the community know the Warbirds and Vintage Aircraft have arrived at the Dillingham Airport.

    • 11:00am-12:30pm, May 26

      “Meet and greet” the pilots at the General Aviation parking area at Dillingham Airport where the Dillingham Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Community Barbecue. Learn about the First Flight and interesting facts regarding each aircraft being flown. Drawings for free prizes and free posters available for pilot autographs

Commumity Sponsors

Homer:

  • Maritime Helicopters Logo
  • Pathfinder Logo Black Lettering
  • homer-air
  • baldmtairlogo
  • Bear Creek Winery
  • hertz-small
  • logo_empire_airlines
  • Pratt Museum Logo 200
  • Homer Chamber of Commerce
  • Iliamna:

  • crowley-logo
  • Dillingham:

  • Dillingham Chamber of Commerce

  • King Salmon:

  • bristolchamber
  • pennAir_red_logo
  • Bear Trail Lodge

  • egli-air-haul
  • Alaska-eagle-eye

Bethel – Aniak – McGrath – Unalakleet – Nome

  • May 26-27 Bethel

    • 2:30pm, May 26

      Come to the Bethel Airport to watch the Warbirds and vintage aircraft arrive at the Bethel Airport fly “racetrack” pattern and fly-bys recreating the events of the first flight in 1913.

    • 2:30pm-4:00pm, May 26

      The Yuut Yaqungviat Flight School and Regional Aircraft Maintenance School will host a community barbecue at their hangar at Bethel Airport. Sponsors include Northern Air Cargo.

      A few Museum Exhibit panels will be on display at the airport. Exhibit features interpretive panels on the First Flight and historically significant pilots and regional events.

    • 3:00pm-4:00pm, May 26

      “Meet and greet” the pilots at the Yuut Yaqungviat hanger at the Bethel Airport. Learn about the First Flight and interesting facts regarding each aircraft being flown. Drawings for free door prizes sponsored by Ryan Air, Grant Aviation, Fish and Wildlife Service and free posters will be available for pilot autographs.

    • 4:00pm–8:00pm, May 26

      Fund, and the Alaska National Guard. Panels from the Museum Exhibit will be on display featuring the First flight and historically significant pilots and regional events.

      “Meet and greet” the pilots at the Cultural Center. Learn about the First Flight and interesting facts regarding each aircraft being flown. Drawings for free door prizes sponsored by Yute Air, Ryan Air, Grant Aviation, and free posters aircraft will be available for pilot autographs

    • 8:00am-9:00am, June 7

      Bethel Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Host the Centennial Pilots.

  • June 7 Aniak

    • 11:00am, June 7

      Pilots will barnstorm Aniak upon arrival. Select aircraft will fly a :race-track” pattern and runway flyby awaking the community to the arrival of the Centennial Warbirds and Vintage aircraft recreating the event of the First Flight that day in 1913.

    • 11:30am-12:30pm, May 26

      “Meet and greet” the pilots at the General Aviation parking area at Aniak Airport. Learn about the First Flight and interesting facts regarding each aircraft being flown. Drawings for free prizes and free posters will be available for pilot autographs.

  • June 7 McGrath

    • 2:00pm, June 7

      Come and watch the Centennial Pilots arrive at McGrath Airport and conduct aerial demonstrations featuring select warbirds and vintage aircraft, weather and traffic permitting, to include fly-bys and “race-track” pattern flying commemorating the first flight in 1913.

    • 2:30pm-5:00pm, June 7

      “Meet and Greet” the pilots at the General Aircraft Parking area at the McGrath Airport. Community Barbecue and potluck sponsored by the City of McGrath, Pay Dirt General Contractors and Susie’s Iditarod Café. Learn about the First Flight and interesting facts regarding each aircraft being flown. Drawings for free prizes and free posters available for pilot autographs.

    • 6:00pm-8:00pm, June 7

      Museum Exhibit display and dessert will be hosted by the McGrath Museum. Exhibit features interpretive panels on the First Flight and historically significant pilots and regional events

    • 8:00am-9:00am, June 8

      Pilot will stay for Breakfast at Susie’s Iditarod Café.

  • June 8-9 Galena

    • 11:00am, June 8

      Come and watch the Centennial Pilots arrive at Galena Airport and conduct aerial demonstrations featuring select warbirds and vintage aircraft, weather and traffic permitting, to include fly-bys and “race-track” pattern flying commemorating the first flight in 1913.

    • 12:00pm–5:00pm, June 8

      “Meet and Greet” the pilots and see the Warbirds and Vintage aircraft on static display at the Galena Interior Learning Academy hangar at the Galena Airport. The Civil Air Patrol (CAP)Yukon Squadron of the Alaska Wing will be hosting the Community BBQ as a fundraiser for our CAP unit.

      Learn about Alaska First Flight and interesting facts regarding each aircraft being flown. Put your name in the hat and win free prizes, including the historical account described in, “Koga’s Zero” and free posters available for pilot autographs

      The traveling Museum Exhibit display will be hosted by the Galena Interior Learning Academy in the hangar. Exhibit features interpretive panels on the First Flight and historically significant pilots and regional events. A must see!

  • June 9 Unalakleet

    • 10:30am, June 9

      Pilots will barnstorm Unalakleet upon arrival. Select aircraft will fly “race-track” patterns and runway flybys reenacting the events of the First Flight of 1913.

    • 11:00am-12:30pm, May 26

      “Meet and Greet” the pilots and see the Warbirds and Vintage aircraft on static display at the Unalakleet Airport. There will be drawings for free door prizes and free posters will be available for pilot autographs

  • June 9 Nome

    • 2:30pm, June 9

      Come and watch the Centennial Pilots arrive at the Nome Airport and conduct aerial demonstrations featuring select warbirds and vintage aircraft, weather and traffic permitting, to include fly-bys and “race-track” pattern flying commemorating the first flight in 1913.

    • 1:30pm-6:00pm, June 9

      The Nome Chamber of Commerce, Nome Visitor and Convention Center and the City of Nome host a community event featuring music, food and a host of events at the Alaska Guard hangar at the Nome Airport.

    • 3:00pm-4:30pm, June 9

      Get close-up and personal with the aircraft and pilots during a “Meet and greet” at the Alaska Guard hangar at the Nome Airport where the Warbirds and Vintage Aircraft will be on static display. Learn about the First Flight Story, historically significant regional pilots and flights, and facts about each aircraft on display on the ramp. Drawings for free prizes and free posters will be available for pilot autographs.

      Museum Exhibit display hosted by the Nome Chamber of Commerce, Nome Visitor and Convention Center and the City of Nome will be available for viewing in the Alaska Guard Hangar. Exhibit features interpretive panels on the First Flight and historically significant pilots and regional events.

    • 8:00am-9:00am, June 21

      Nome Community Pilot Send Off

Commumity Sponsors

Bethel

  • yyc logo
  • Museum JPEG
  • Era-AK-logo1
  • bethe.-chamber-of-commercellogo1
  • Ryan-Air-Logo
  • grant-aviation-logo-100
  • Alaska Small Business Development Center
  • lynden_logo
  • NAC-logo
  • Lower Kuskokwim School District

  • Yutw-Air-logo

  • Delta Western Fuel

  • AVCP

  • CVRF

  • Regional Aircraft Maintenance

  • us-fish &game dept-logoSmall
  • Bethel Alaska National-guard

Aniak:

  • Aniak Traditional Council

McGrath:

  • City of McGrath

  • McGrath Museum

  • Pay Dirt General Contractors

  • Susie’s Iditarod Cafe

  • Northern Petroleum Services
  • Galena:

  • GCSD.Av.Logo.
  • The Scottons

  • Borealis B&B

  • Sweetsirs B&B

  • Civil Air Potrol

  • Yukon Squadron

  • Alaska Wing

  • Unalakleet:

  • City of Unalakleet:

  • Nome:

  • nome-city-logo
  • nome-chamber-logo
  • Nome COmmunity Center

Kotzebue – Bettles – Fairbanks

  • June 21-22 Kotzebue

    • 12:00pm, June 21

      See the Warbirds and vintage aircraft barnstorm into Kotzebue. Pilots will park at the Alaska Guard Hangar, Kotzebue Airport.

    • 12:30pm-4:00pm, June 21

      Kotzebue will host a community event at the Alaska Guard hangar located at the Kotzebue Airport.

    • 1:00pm-3:00pm, June 21

      “Meet and greet” the pilots hosted by the Alaska Guard at the Kotzebue Airport. Learn about the First Flight and interesting facts regarding each aircraft being flown. There will be Door Prize drawings for free prizes and free posters available for pilot autographs.

      Museum Exhibit display featuring interpretive panels on the First Flight and historically significant pilots and regional events will be hosted by the Alaska Guard at the Kotzebue Airport.

  • June 22 Bettles

    • 12:30pm, June 22

      Pilots will barnstorm Bettles upon arrival. Select aircraft will fly “race-track” patterns and runway flyby commemorating the First Flight of 1913.

    • 1:00pm-2:30pm, June 22

      “Meet and greet” the pilots at the Bettles Lodge and learn about the First Flight and interesting facts regarding each aircraft being flown. Door prize drawings will be given away and free posters will be available for pilot autographs.

Commumity Sponsors

Kotzebue:

  • Alaska National-guard
  • logo-nrc
  • Bettles

  • Bettles Lodge

Fairbanks-Wasilla

  • July 4 Fairbanks

    • 12:00pm–1:00pm, July 4

      Watch Warbirds and Vintage Aircraft as they fly-over Pioneer Air Park, the City of North Pole and the town of Ester, officially opening the day’s festivities and picnics at all locations.

    • 12:00pm–4:00pm, July 4

      Join the Alaska Airmen’s Association as they host a community cook-out at the new University of Fairbanks Career and Technology Center (UAF/CTC) off of University Avenue, East Ramp, Fairbanks International Airport.

    • 1:00pm–2:00pm, July 4

      Get close-up and personal with the aircraft and pilots during a “Meet and greet” at the static aircraft display. The First Flight Story, historical flights and facts about each aircraft will be on display at the UAF/CTC hangar. Drawings for free prizes and free posters will be available for pilot autographs.

    • 3:00pm–4:00pm, July 4

      Watch as these same aircraft take to air again, flying a “race-track” pattern at Fairbanks International Airport, recreating the actual event that day in 1913.

  • July 5 Wasilla

    • 11:30am, July 5

      Come and watch the Pilots barnstorm Wasilla upon arrival. Select aircraft will fly a “race-track” pattern and runway flybys reenacting the events of the First Flight in 1913.

    • 12:00pm-2:30pm, July 5

      “Meet and greet” the pilots at the General Aviation parking area at the Wasilla Airport. Learn about the First Flight and interesting facts regarding each aircraft being flown. Drawings for free prizes and free posters will be available for pilot autographs.

      A Museum Exhibit display hosted by the Wasilla Airport will feature interpretive panels on the First Flight and historically significant pilots and regional events will be available for viewing in the pilot shack at transient parking.

  • July 14 Alaska Aviation Museum – Lake Hood

    • 3:00pm–6:00pm, July 14

      Salmon Bake featuring celebrities Patty Wagstaff and Debby Geary.alaska-aviation-museum

Commumity Sponsors

Fairbanks:

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  • avis
  • alaska-airmen-association1
  • Wasilla

  • AERO_Alaska
  • missing logo
  • City of Wasilla

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The Airplanes and Pilots

A6M ZeroThe Alaska Air Show Association is proud to offer vintage aircraft from pre-WWII and WWII-era aircraft that represent Alaskan aviation of the period.

Alaska Aviation Centennial Celebration Pilots: Bart Stone, Ed Kornfield, Terry Holliday, Chuck Miller “Cricket” Renner, Jahn Hartke, Alex Roesch, Jeff Sever, Dick Benner, Burke Mees, Dennis Parrish, Ed White, Mike Hunt, Dave Helmso, and Mike Kelly. Others to be announced.

Aircraft Specifications Historic Significance

Harvard

Harvard

Max. Speed: 208 mph
Weight: 3,995 lbs empty
Length: 28’-11”
Wingspan: 42’
Height: 9’-9”
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.

1931 Fairchild American Pilgrim 100

1931 Fairchild American Pilgrim 100

Max Speed: 135 mph
Weight: 4,195 lbs empty
Length: 39’-2”
Wingspan: 57’-5”
Height: 11’-6”
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

North American Aviation AT-6 Texan

North American Aviation AT-6 Texan

Max. Speed: 208 mph
Weight: 4,158 lbs empty
Length: 28’-11”
Wingspan: 42’
Height: 9’-9”
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.

Stinson L-13 “Grasshopper”

Stinson L 13 'Grasshopper'

Max. Speed: 115 mph
Weight: 2,070 lbs empty
Length: 31’-9”
Wingspan: 42’
Height: 9’-9”
A utility aircraft first flown in 1945, used for, liaison and air ambulance duties. Following military service, some were converted for civil bush flying observation

Mitsubishi A6M Zero

Mitsubishi A6M Zero

Max. Speed: 331 mph
Weight: 3,704 lbs empty
Length: 29’-9””
Wingspan: 39’-4”
Height: 10’-0”
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.

Stinson V-77 “Gullwing” Reliant

Stinson V-77 “Gullwing” Reliant

Max. Speed: 177 mph
Weight: 3,045 lbs empty
Length: 27’-11”
Wingspan: 41’-7”
Height: 8’-6”
The Reliant was first flown in 1933 and used by the USAAF in WWII as a utility aircraft and as a trainer. After the war, they were sold as the Vultee V-77. There were straight and taper wing versions, which had a significant step up, giving it a distinct gull appearance. This plane became the mainstay of Alaskan bush operators, as the large flaps enabled a pilot to land heavy loads on unimproved sand bars.

Travel Air 6000

Travel Air 6000

Max. Speed: 120 mph
Weight: 2,430 lbs empty
Length: 30’-0”
Wingspan: 46’-6”
Height: 9’-0”
A six seat, high-wing, braced monoplane utility aircraft first flown in 1928. Bush pilots appreciated the ruggedness, load carrying capacity, and dependability of the Travel Airs.

Fairchild 42

Fairchild 42

Max. Speed: 130 mph
Weight: 4,158 lbs empty
Length: 30’-6”
Wingspan: 45’-6”
Height:
A 3-passenger aircraft first flown in 1927. There were a total 8 built, with one flying in Alaska. It is also a high-wing, braced monoplane. Our aircraft was built in 1929, and flown to Alaska in 1948. The aircraft was restored and took to the skies again in 1997. During winters, the airplane is fitted with skis and flown regularly into bush country.

Cessna 206

Cessna 206

Max. Speed: 175 mph Weight: 2,176 lbs empty Length: 28’- 3” Wingspan: 36’-0” Height: 9’-3.5” Six seat general aviation aircraft introduced in 1964. A popular Alaska bush plane because of its powerful engine, rugged construction, and large cabin. The plane can be fitted with floats, amphibious floats and skis.

Vultee BT-13 Valiant

Vultee BT-13 Valiant

Max. Speed: 180 mph Weight: 3,375 lbs empty Length: 28’-10” Wingspan: 42’-0” Height: 11’-6” First flown in 1939, the Valiant was a WWII-era basic trainer flown by most pilots, until the T-6 Texan took that role. It is a low-wing monoplane.

Stinson 108

Stinson 108

Max. Speed: 208 mph Weight: 1,320 lbs empty Length: 24’-6” Wingspan: 34’-0” Height: 6’-10” The Stinson 108 was produced from 1946-1950, and could carry three passengers in its fabric covered tube steel frame. Popularly used as an Alaska bush plane.

Aeroncal Model 7 Champ

Aeroncal Model 7 Champ

Max. Speed: 100 mph Weight: 740 lbs empty Length: 21’-6” Wingspan: 35’-2” Height: 7’-0” The Champ entered production in 1945, and is a two-seat (tandem) airplane with fixed gear. Popularly used as a bush plane in Alaska, the fabric covered, tube steel frame tail dragger is often fitted with large tundra tires.

Fairchild F-11 Husky

Fairchild F-11 Husky

Max. Speed: 128 mph Weight: 4,540 lbs empty Length: 38’-0” Wingspan: 54’-9” Height: 16’-3.5” First flown in 1946, the Husky was a Canadian bush plane and a direct competitor of the iconic de Havilland Beaver. With only 12 examples were produced, the Husky could carry up to 10 passengers.

Beechcraft Model 17Stagger Wing

Beechcraft Model 17Stagger Wing

Max. Speed: 212 mph Weight: 2,540 lbs empty Length: 26’-10” Wingspan: 32’-0” Height: 8’-0” Introduced in 1933, this icon of the Art Deco age is an example of a large, powerful and fast executive plane of the day. The plane features an unusual negative stagger wing configuration that maximizes pilot visibility, and reduces drag. The plane was popular in the air races of the 1930’s.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Alaska Aviation Centennial Celebration has sponsorship opportunities available and can be customized to suit your needs.  Whether you wish to sponsor a route, an aircraft, fly along with your dufflebag, underwrite a community event, or simply help sponsor the celebration, your tax deductible contribution to the Alaska Air Show Association will truly enable the statewide celebration of the 100th anniversary of flight.

Alaska Aviation Centennial Sponsorship Opportunities

The Alaska Aviation Centennial

May 9th thru July 14th
Celebrating 100 Years of Flight
1913-2013

 

The Alaska Air Show Association (AASA) honors 100 years of Alaska aviation with the Alaska Aviation Centennial:  1913-2013

May 9th thru July 14th vintage aircraft will barnstorm a Commemorative Route throughout Alaska making 15 stops to honor the brave men and women who forged the path for Alaska’s aviators.

The commemorative route starts in Anchorage May 9th to Cordova and over an 8 week span make stops throughout the State with the climatic event in Fairbanks July 3, Talkeetna July 5th and at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Lake Hood July 14th.  

Chambers of Commerce, Local Museums, Airport Lessees, Cities and other sponsors have planned entertaining events around each stop.

Stops include: Anchorage, Cordova, Valdez, Homer, Illiamna, King Salmon, Dillingham, Bethel, Aniak, McGrath, Galena, Unalakleet, Nome, Kotzebue, Barrow, Fairbanks, Talkeetna, and Wasilla.

 

Alaska Aviation History

 Piper_CubBush pilots were instrumental in the development of the Alaska Territory, and play a key role even today.  Learn about the early airline industry and the impacts of WWI in flight in Alaska’s early days, and it’s pioneering pilots.