National Geographic : 1952 Jul
© National Geographic Society 78 To the Airplane-As to Two of Its Victims-Alaska Pays Fervent Homage In remote reaches of the Territory, natives who have never seen automobile, ship, train, or even ahorse, accept the airplane with nonchalance bred of familiarity. Eskimo women, momentarily affluent, think nothing of a short air hop to a neighboring town fortea. The airplane has compressed Alaska's vast distances. Regular airlines link areas once served only by pioneer bush pilots. Perhaps nowhere else on earth is internal traveland shipping sopreponderantly airborne asinunder developed Alaska. For colorful dog teams, long-distance hauling isathing ofthe past. Thomas A. White, a bush pilot, here refuels his plane beside anArctic lagoon near Point Hope. - Eleven miles southwest of Barrow stands this monument tothe American humorist Will Rogers and the famous flyer Wiley Post, killed in a crash near this spotonAugust 15,1935.