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User currently offlineHighguy76 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 184 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 15913 times:

Does anybody know if the handsome devil on the tail of Alaska's planes has a history, or a name? I've just moved to SEA and would love to hear any good stories about my new hometown airline.
Highguy

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User currently offlineFpdonald From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 15881 times:

I believe that is was already mentioned here in the last year, but I don't have a specific answer; however, read this blurb about your new hometown airline.

http://www.alaskaair.com/www2/company/Almanac/images/almanac1002.pdf


User currently offlineDL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2100 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 15873 times:

I know he didn't always smile--that's something he was compelled to do in the last few years.

User currently offlineUnited777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15837 times:

Well me being from Seattle also when I look up in the air to see a jet overhead and when see a big blue thing on the tail I know it's a Alaska Airlines jet. Alaska Airlines I would say is one of the jewels of Seattle and the pride of Seattle. Although it is called "Alaska Airlines" it is Seattle's airline. If you fly to Seattle from anywhere on the west coast or now even the east coast chances are you fly on Alaska Airlines. I'd say the managment at AS knows what the Seattle people want in a hometown airline and they do it. They also do a lot for the community here in Seattle.

Also when you mention Alaska Airlines you have to talk about Horizon Air. It is the sister airline of Alaska Airlines but isn't just the jewel of Seattle but the whole Pacific Northwest. It is the best "regional airline" in where proud they also call Seattle home.


User currently offlineHighguy76 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15825 times:

I've gotta admit, I've non-reved on both of them several times, and they are great airlines. I wish Horizon had service from Renton Municiple to SEA, then I wouldn't have to drive to work.
Highguy


User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15807 times:

I still wish Alaska would bring back those other old colorful designs of other Alaskan history. Think there was some Russian architecture, a totem poll (s.p.?), and I think I'm missing one or two others.




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User currently offlineHighguy76 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15797 times:

Don't forget the Sourdough.

User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 15724 times:

Along with the eskimo, there was a purple onion dome (from a Russian Orthodox church), a red gold miner/sourdough and a green totem pole (I may have the colors reversed on the church/totem).

The eskimo is simply an artists rendering, doesn't represent anyone in particular. When they went from the blue/green cheat lines to the current livery a few years ago, he gained his smile.



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User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1155 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 15673 times:

He's cute. Did you know that that people prefers to be called
"Inuit"? That's perhaps better known by us in Canada - we have
lots of them here. This is their own name and simply means
"people", whereas "Eskimo" is a word used by certain Indians and
means something like - get this - eaters of raw fish.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 15555 times:

No you got the old colors right Searpqx.

My understanding is that he is a guy out of Kotzubue, but don't hold me to that. I also heard the story that he was pissed that his likeness was used by the airline in that way.

There are some people that do consider Eskimo derogatory. Generally they are Athabaskan or Aleut.



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User currently offlineKohflot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 15533 times:

So it's not Johnny Cash?

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 15490 times:

I think it might be Bob Marley


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User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 15465 times:

I've heard people say the eskimo looks like Jerry Garcia too.

The eskimo first showed up (in blue) on their 727s in 1972, along with a totem head (green), goldminer (red), and russian church (purple). The eskimo also apeared on the 707s and 720s. The eskimo didn't start to smile until Alaska's previous color scheme was introduced in 1978. They decided to make the eskimo smile as a symbol of "many happy flights."

I'm sure the book "The Alaska Airlines Story" by Archie Satterfield could help answer any questions too.

Brian


User currently offlineInflightmags From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 15408 times:

AIRLINERS magazine did a feature on them I think about 5-7 years ago....don't forget the eskimo with the sunglassess on...|-)

User currently offlineFlyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1879 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 15386 times:

Horizon Air is known as "Wings of the great Northwest" Horizon is more of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho's Airline. U could add Montana and Cali in there too! But OR, WA, and Idaho especially! I live in Oregon. And Horizon flys to a lot of destinations here (not sure if they are all current) Pendleton, Portland (HUB), Eugene, Klamath Falls, Medford, North Bend/Coos bay, and Bend Redmond... Am I leaving someone out? Prolly am. But non the less, they are really special to a lot of people here. I love them!!!

User currently offlineRydawg82 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 868 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 15315 times:

L-188 I think has it....The many times I have visited Kotzebue I have heard this story about "Chester" - while I cannot recall the story, I just remember this story about a guy named chester and he worked there in OTZ....Wound up on the tail I guess....Don't hold me to it, but thats what the locals tell me....

The company will tell you otherwise  Big grin Ryan



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User currently offlineDarrell From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 15214 times:

As a kid growing up in Cordova, Alaska, AS was the only way to get to town (unless you had a boat!) I believe Cordova still has 2 daily flights...One North to Anchorage, and one South to Yakutat, continuing on to Juneau, Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan, and finally Seattle. We would joke around that the Eskimo's name was Herbie Nayukpuk. Herbie was a local champion dog sled musher in Alaska in the 70's and 80's. He once claimed that the picture on the tail was of him. Could be true, I don't know. But I have always referred to the AS Eskimo as Herbie ever since. I hope this helps, or confuses things even worse. AS may be based in Seattle, but I have always considered it to be Alaska's airline, with Seattle serving as the gateway to the lower 48.


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 15204 times:

Hey the Shishmaref Cannonballer Big thumbs up
Is he still around?


Darrell, Alaska was running something like 12 freighters a week out of Cordova this year for the Copper River opening.

Alaska was founding in Anchorage, but right after World War II, the owner of the Alaska, a crook named Raymond Marshall had the offices moved to Seattle so that he would be in better communication with them from his New York base.

Frankly I think it is time for the airline to move back.



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User currently offlineFlashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2903 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 15114 times:
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Frankly I think it is time for the airline to move back.

Won't happen. AS is in SEA to stay.


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