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TBT in Aviation History: Reeve Aleutian Airways

From its official start in 1947 to its tragic downfall in 2000, and for years beyond, Reeve Aleutian Airways has always had a unique legacy. Known for buying its aircraft from other airlines, rather than purchasing new airplanes, Reeve Aleutian maintained a small fleet, often consisting of rugged turboprops. The Anchorage-based airline had a special purpose: to connect cities all across Alaska, which would otherwise be isolated, and to connect some Alaskan cities to the mainland U.S. Prior to the…