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The History of Alaska Airlines: The first eleven years 1932-1943

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With Alaska Airline’s 90th Anniversary approaching in April of 2022, the first book dedicated to those early years has been published by Washington author Kathy Mills Rozzini.  It’s a fascinating story that actually has its beginning at Seattle’s Boeing Field.  It tells the tale of the disappearing airline heritage that was triumphantly resurrected and of how a one-plane flight school that began in Anchorage during the Great Depression persevered through World War II and the invasion of Alaska by the Japanese and became what we know today as Alaska Airlines.

Challenging times for any business; but especially, for the bush pilot who tried to tame the unpredictable skies of Alaska in the primitive and fragile planes of that era. Through the good times and bad, the little operation that Steve Mills (the author's grandfather) began quickly became a full service airline and just three years after opening for business as Star Air Service, they became the largest airline in Alaska with 15 planes.  But it didn’t come without sacrifices from everyone.

This book, written in chronological order uses dates, interviews, newspaper accounts, details, and documented facts to retell the events of the first eleven years. It is also the story of the people who kept the airline going when the odds were against them. They were ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve the lives of Alaskans through aviation, and in the process created an airline that is still flying today.

A great read for AV geeks, pilots, plane spotters, aircraft history buffs or someone that just simply loves that flying is possible and enjoys traveling the airways. Signed by the author for our customers.

Non Fiction - Aviation History
Publisher:  Independently published (October 16, 2020), USA
Language: English
Paperback : 333 pages
ISBN: 9798688346916
Library of Congress Control Number: 2019912350
Item Weight: 1.19 pounds
Dimensions: 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches


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With Alaska Airline’s 90th Anniversary approaching in April of 2022, the first book dedicated to those early years has been published by Washington author Kathy Mills Rozzini.  It’s a fascinating story that actually has its beginning at Seattle’s Boeing Field.  It tells the tale of the disappearing airline heritage that was triumphantly resurrected and of how a one-plane flight school that began in Anchorage during the Great Depression persevered through World War II and the invasion of Alaska by the Japanese and became what we know today as Alaska Airlines.

Challenging times for any business; but especially, for the bush pilot who tried to tame the unpredictable skies of Alaska in the primitive and fragile planes of that era. Through the good times and bad, the little operation that Steve Mills (the author's grandfather) began quickly became a full service airline and just three years after opening for business as Star Air Service, they became the largest airline in Alaska with 15 planes.  But it didn’t come without sacrifices from everyone.

This book, written in chronological order uses dates, interviews, newspaper accounts, details, and documented facts to retell the events of the first eleven years. It is also the story of the people who kept the airline going when the odds were against them. They were ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve the lives of Alaskans through aviation, and in the process created an airline that is still flying today.

A great read for AV geeks, pilots, plane spotters, aircraft history buffs or someone that just simply loves that flying is possible and enjoys traveling the airways. Signed by the author for our customers.

Non Fiction - Aviation History
Publisher:  Independently published (October 16, 2020), USA
Language: English
Paperback : 333 pages
ISBN: 9798688346916
Library of Congress Control Number: 2019912350
Item Weight: 1.19 pounds
Dimensions: 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches


About The Maker

About Kathy Mills Rozzini

(Bellevue, Washington)

Born in 1946 in Seattle, Washington, Kathy has spent most her life in Bellevue, Washington, just east of the city. She is mother to Steve, Rick and Lisa, and grandmother of Crete (CJ), Sydney, Bella, Symone, Maya and Myles.

Kathy’s careers have ranged from orthodontic technician to home-based wedding cake baker and decorator while her kids were young. Later, an opportunity came up to help manage a hockey team, and eventually Kathy became the PR and Marketing Director. During the 80’s, she also freelanced as a stage manager for major network broadcasts of Seattle-based NFL, NBA and college football games, traveling for Superbowl and Pro-Bowl games and an occasional special event. Her final career was another home-based business organizing, coordinating, and staging major sporting events. Long retired, her life now centers around family and friends.

In 2016, however, fate intervened and Kathy received her calling to do whatever she could to write the book that would take her family's stories from lore to historical account. As the granddaughter of the aviation pioneer who would breathe life into the fleet of planes that evolved to become Alaska Airlines, Kathy knew that all the aviation exploits of her grandfather circulating amongst the family were based on reality. It was just going to take some time and effort to prove it. After years of research, interviews, documentation, photos, and meetings with Alaska Airlines personnel, the true story is ready to tell in her book The History of Alaska Airlines - the first 11 years.

Kathy uses proceeds from her book to purchase books for the libraries and high schools of Alaska.

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