Museum Memories: First airplane landing in Cordova

Cordova had a lot going on in the roaring ’20s, but no air service until 1929, when the first airplane, a Gorst Air Loening amphibious plane piloted by Clayton Scott, flew in from Juneau. The plane, named ‘Alaskan’ was greeted by steam whistles, sirens and bells, ringing as Cordovans came down to the dock. Scott stayed for a time in Cordova, providing flights to residents, service to Valdez and even performing a marriage aloft. Here the plane is docked near the spit at Nirvana Park. This photo came from the archives and collections of the Cordova Historical Society.

Cordova had a lot going on in the roaring ’20s, but no air service until 1929, when the first airplane, a Gorst Air Loening amphibious plane piloted by Clayton Scott, flew in from Juneau. The plane, named ‘Alaskan’ was greeted by steam whistles, sirens and bells, ringing as Cordovans came down to the dock. Scott stayed for a time in Cordova, providing flights to residents, service to Valdez and even performing a marriage aloft. Here the plane is docked near the spit at Nirvana Park.

This photo came from the archives and collections of the Cordova Historical Society.

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