One Of The Oldest Airports In The U.S., Merrill Field In Alaska Is Now 90 Years Old
Alaska has an incredible amount of history, and Merrill Field Airfield is a fascinating part of it. Located just east of downtown Anchorage, Alaska, this airport opened in 1930 and is still a busy hub to this day. Air travel is a significant part of life in many parts of Alaska, and this small airfield plays a big part as the oldest airport in Alaska, and one of the oldest airports in the United States.
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Address: 800 Merrill Field Dr, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
The OIYS Visitor Center
Merrill Field In Alaska
August 28, 2020
How many pilots are in Alaska?
This state is filled with people who love to fly. There are 7,933 active pilots in Alaska. There are also 9,346 registered aircraft in Alaska. Many Alaskans like to joke that more people have their pilot’s license than their driver’s license, but that isn’t true. However, Alaska’s stats about pilots are impressive. In a state of more than 600,000 people, there are 11,000 fliers who are registered to fly, even if they aren’t actively flying aircraft. In fact, the National Transportation Safety Board said that Alaskans were 76 times more likely fly than residents of the lower 48. We love to see our great, big state, and that’s hard to do in any other way besides travel via the power of flight.
Why are there so many pilots in Alaska?
The truth is much of this giant state is inaccessible by road. The only way to visit a majority of the small towns and villages is by air. There are 400 public use airports to attest to the fact that the people of Alaska love to fly. On top of that huge number, there are also 747 recorded landing areas that are private, public, or military. This doesn’t take into account the thousands of locations all across the state where daring pilots choose to land on lakes, glaciers, and gravel bars. They use their keen sense of intuition and knowledge about both the weather conditions and the state of the land in the area, and land their aircraft in these wild and awe inspiring spots. The pilots of the Last Frontier are truly one of a kind!