Soaring like the Ravens: Aviation Alaska Style
May 19-Sept. 21, 2003
Opening Reception May 20, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The Museum will celebrate the centennial year of the Wright Brothers’
first flight with an exhibition on aviation in Alaska. Soaring like the
Ravens: Aviation Alaska Style tells the story of aviation in the Last
Frontier, from Harry Peterson’s 1911 home-built plane in Nome to the
major air carriers of today. In addition to telling the story of
aviation in Alaska and how Alaskans adapted current technology to their
unique conditions, the exhibit will touch on the history of flight
around the globe. This exhibit includes rare historical images of many
well-known, and not-so-well-known, pilots, aircraft and support crews.
Some of the objects that make aviation here unique also will be
highlighted, such as tundra tires and Marston matting. Scale models,
including a Wright flyer pilot and crew uniform, a Capstone simulator,
and cold weather gear will also be on display. This exhibit was
compiled from more than 100 archival photographs from the Alaska
Aviation Heritage Museum, the Alaska Transportation Museum, the
University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Alaska Anchorage, the
Federal Aviation Administration, the Alaska Department of
Transportation, and from the private collections of many individuals.
Soaring like the Ravens: Aviation Alaska Style is presented in
partnership with the Federal