Aviation has played a critical role in the lives of Alaska’s people and the development of the region. Due to the vast and often harsh environment, villages and communities have largely remained isolated from each other unless traveling on foot or by sled dog teams. The introduction of the airplane in the 1920s brought a new level of connection within and outside of Alaska.

The Bush Pilots of Alaska exhibit follows the earliest introduction of aviation to Alaska by highlighting the brave pilots who dared to fly in the dangerous North, the development of airlines and other aviation services, and the impact aviation has had and continues to have on Alaska today.