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Through Aug. 11, the Anchorage Museum will feature a new exhibit to honor the 100th anniversary of aviation’s arrival in Alaska. This exhibit, “Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation,” acknowledges the boundary-breaking contributions of flight to an area 80 percent of which is inaccessible by road. Aviation has united communities once only able to reach one another by boat or dogsled and has thus become indispensable to the state’s economy.
Co-curated by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the exhibit features a wealth of historical artifacts, video and photographs documenting this first century of flight. The collection of artifacts includes wreckage from the Will Rogers/Wiley Post crash of 1935 and, as the exhibit’s centerpiece, a Stearman C2B biplane brought to Alaska in 1928. Visitors to the exhibit will also be able to watch film footage from the first flight over the North Pole in 1927 and newsreels from the World War II Aleutian Islands campaign. Children will have a chance to sit in a replica antique cockpit and learn about the physics of flight.
Admission to the exhibit is $12 for adults; $9 for students, seniors and members of the U.S. Military; $7 for children and free for children under two years old.