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Background: The Airline Deregulation Act took effect of December 1, 1978. The main purpose of the Act was to remove government control from commercial aviation and expose the passenger airline industry to market forces. This Act changed the face of civil aviation in the US. Air Mail would continue to be carried by Air Carriers but the old system of CAM and FAM routes would evolve into Air Mail flown by individual US airlines to both domestic and foreign destinations.

Alaska Airlines was started up by Tony Schwamm and a group of southeast Alaska investors in the summer of 1937. Initially it had two Savoia-Marchetti S.55P's, the first was cannibalized to support the other and the second was lost in a storm while moored at Lena Cove AK in late 1937.

Savoia-Marchetti S.55P

        Alaska became a US state in 1959.

Fairchild Swearingen Metro (Airpac - subcontractor)

AS-D19S 821117 Anchorage AK-Kodiak AK Alaska Airlines $30.00

Boeing 727

AS-D21Ef 830424 Seattle WA Alaska Airlines $68.00
AS-D22Wf 830424 Spokane WA Alaska Airlines $60.00


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