FAIRBANKS - On a smoky day 100 years ago this week, most of the people in Fairbanks looked up and saw an airplane for the first time.
While nearly a decade had passed since the Wright Brothers got off the ground at Kitty Hawk, flight exhibitions remained unusual in 1913 and there had been none in Alaska.
News-Miner editor W.F. Thompson said the town had more than its share of people who “do not believe that a machine can fly through the air.”
“Some of these non-believers are knocking the aeroplane exhibition which starts at the park today and they should quit it,” he said.