June 6, 1944: The first day of Alaska Airlines

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McGee Airways, a company founded in 1932 by Linious McGee, became known as Alaska Airlines on this day in 1944. ” The company grew despite a shortage of workers during the war, feuds with the CAB, and cash troubles that had employees paying for fuel out of their own pockets,” the company says. Planes like the ones below were purchased as post-war surplus and flown over the skies of Alaska for years.

Alaska Airlines c. 1945