Anchorage Aloft!

Anchorage Aloft! (HM1BMP)

Location: Anchorage, AK 99530 Anchorage
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Country: United States of America
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N 61° 11.858', W 149° 58.752'

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Few places on earth need air transportation more than Alaska. Towns and villages are isolated, with few roads and even fewer places to build them. Since 1913, when the first tractor biplane was brought to the Anchorage area, Alaskans have pioneered northern flying and tied together a geographically diverse and difficult territory.

In 1923, Anchorage boasted its first airport - where Delaney Park is today. Merrill Field was built in 1930, and in 1945 recorded more civilian flights then New York's LaGuardia airport did in that year.

Today, Merrill Field remains one of the busiest small-plane airports in the United States. Anchorage's International Airport host 30 air carriers, and the Lake Hood Seaplane Base ranks #1 nationally in float plane takeoffs and landings.

World War II

By 1940, it was apparent to the military that Alaska would play a vital role in the defense of the United States. By 1941, two military bases were built on the outskirts of Anchorage - Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base. These bases supported the only WW II campaign fought on North American soil - the Aleutian Campaign. The Aleutian Islands stretch for thousands of miles out into the Pacific Ocean. In June, 1942, the Japanese bombed Dutch Harbor and occupied the Western Aleutian Islands. In spite of terrible storms, the two year air war over the isolated islands resulted in American victory over the invading forces.
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 9:20am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)6V E 339908 N 6788449
Decimal Degrees61.19763333, -149.97920000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 61° 11.858', W 149° 58.752'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds61° 11' 51.48" N, 149° 58' 45.12" W
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Area Code(s)907
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-398 W Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage AK 99530, US
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