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#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Wien Air Alaska

Wien Air Alaska was originally formed by Noel and Ralph Wien who started by ordering a single Fokker F-III plane in 1921 as a way to teach themselves how to fly. After learning how to fly, Noel and Ralph started taking requests from local customers for help if they needed any bush pilots. The company quickly expanded in 1927, starting passenger service between Nome, Anchorage, and Fairbanks, Alaska. Although the carrier started in 1927, the Wien company claimed to be…