03 July 2013

Alaska Aviation History

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.

Lily and James Martin with their Gage-Martin biplane in Fairbanks, 1913.
BASIL CLEMONS — Alaska State Library Historical Collections

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/07/02/2961268/alaskans-some-disbelieving-saw.html#storylink=cpy
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