Alaska’s Skyboys
280 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
26 b&w illustrations, 1 map
Release Date:01 Oct 2015

Alaska’s Skyboys

Cowboy Pilots and the Myth of the Last Frontier

University of Washington Press
Aviation catapulted Alaska into the modern age, bringing the most technologically advanced planes and equipment of the time to the region and placed Alaska at the center of Cold War stage as the first defense against the Soviet Union -- and as a “sky bridge” to connect the US with Asia. Yet Alaska’s aviation contributions were downplayed in order to perpetuate the standard Western tropes that celebrate the “cowboy spirit” and the taming of wilderness, resulting in an Alaskan image problem that persists to this day: most still think of the state as hopelessly stuck in time and in need of taming.
RELATED TOPICS: History, Northern Studies
Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth is a senior curator of history at the Anchorage Museum.
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