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Alaska Airlines Tail Logo - What Is It?  
User currently onlinegilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3025 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 34343 times:

I am probably going to get shot down for asking a stupid question...

But can someone answer exactly what the logo on Alaska Airlines tail is. It looks to me like a male lions mane with a human face in the middle.

Hope people don't think I am trying to insult the airline or anyone else, but always wondered what it was? A friend told me it reminded him of the character who played the lion in the 1930's Wizard of Oz film.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_mgPBnGRT_1...qAeA6dnskY/s1600/cowardly_lion.jpg

[Edited 2011-07-09 11:32:52]

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User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 34339 times:
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It's Chester the eskimo!

Quoting gilesdavies (Thread starter):
It looks to me like a male lions mane with a human face in the middle.

Interesting perspective!   


User currently offlinehatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1500 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 34303 times:

It's a native Alaskan eskimo. Picture someone with a huge fluffy hooded parka over their head. He is referred to informally as "Chester" as a family of a native eskimo named "Chester Seveck" claims the tail logo resembles a picture of him. He is from Kotzebue, Alaska I believe.

One of the photos in one of our meeting rooms at corporate shows a real picture of an eskimo wearing a parka that looks like it was the photo used to model the logo after. But the company claims that it resembles no person in particular.


User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 34263 times:

I always thought it was loosely based on some eskimo that famously won the Ididerod many years ago. i remember reading a story about it in fifth grade but I could be mistaken.


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User currently offlineCapEd388 From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 34266 times:

Quoting gilesdavies (Thread starter):
It looks to me like a male lions mane with a human face in the middle.

lol, Its an Eskimo wearing one of those big furry hoodie jackets. Kinda like this: http://www.old-picture.com/indians/pictures/Beautiful-Eskimo-Girl.jpg



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User currently offlineckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5239 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 34066 times:

I was just at SEA yesterday. Is it just me, or do some 737s have Chester on the tail wearing a lei that is orange/red in color?

User currently offlineUnitedTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 34030 times:

when I was younger I use to think it was a woman with a big afro!

-m

  


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13608 posts, RR: 61
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 34030 times:
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Quoting ckfred (Reply 5):
Is it just me, or do some 737s have Chester on the tail wearing a lei that is orange/red in color?

No, you're absolutely correct - most of our ETOPS B737-800s have leis on them, as they're used for service to/from Hawaii.



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User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 807 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 34001 times:

Quoting gilesdavies (Thread starter):
It looks to me like a male lions mane with a human face in the middle.

I have heard a lot of opinions on this, but this is a perspective I've never heard!   

Quoting ckfred (Reply 5):

I was just at SEA yesterday. Is it just me, or do some 737s have Chester on the tail wearing a lei that is orange/red in color?

That's not just you, those aircraft are able to fly to Hawaii.


I know that he is generally referred to a Chester, but recently I was shown this picture. What do you all think?






Devon



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User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 33859 times:

I agree that it's Oliver Amouak. Here is a clearer photo of a theatre production featuring Oliver Amouak, sponsored by none other than... Alaska Airlines! It would not at all shock me if that photo was the exact inspiration used for the tail of the Alaska Airlines (as some say, the original frowning Eskimo).

http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/2620/chesterlogo.jpg


User currently offlineikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21532 posts, RR: 59
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 33773 times:

It's Abraham Lincoln.

At least that's what I thought when I was a little kid.



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User currently offlineAeroSafari From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined Nov 2010, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 33663 times:

Quoting ikramerica (Reply 10):
It's Abraham Lincoln.

At least that's what I thought when I was a little kid.

I thought the same exact thing haha! Its almost like his face thats on Mount Rushmore.


I guess I could see how one would think its like the lion from The Wizard of Oz...



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User currently offlinetomassjc From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 871 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 33664 times:
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Once at the AS departure gate, a curious kid asked a Captain, who was boarding his aircraft, "Who's that on the tail of the plane?" His response was "Why that's my mother in law" . Lots of laughs all around that day.

Tom SJC



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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 33585 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 7):
No, you're absolutely correct - most of our ETOPS B737-800s have leis on them, as they're used for service to/from Hawaii.

They also end up in places quite a ways away from Hawaii:


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Now the Eskimo on the tail logo is a bit more chipper than the original logo (which was one of several Alaska-themed logos the airline used for a time in the 1970s):


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User currently offlineNoelG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 33566 times:

I always thought it was Bob Marley! Until told it was an Eskimo at least!

User currently offlinetomassjc From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 871 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 33551 times:
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Quoting srbmod (Reply 13):
They also end up in places quite a ways away from Hawaii:



The -800 ETOPS aircraft are rotated throughout the system when they're not busy to Hawaii. In SJC, the mid morning arrival from SEA always used to be an ETOPS aircraft just in case the RON aircraft to Hawaii goes tech and we need a quick sub,

Chester looks great wearing the lei.  

Tom SJC



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User currently offlineMKENut From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 699 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 33419 times:

At first glance.... to me it looked like a Latin American dictator on the tail. I even had to look it up on wikipedia. LOL

User currently offlineCapEd388 From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 33379 times:

Yea They used to have a few different tails back in the day ....

Eskimo:


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Prospector:


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I wish they would bring these tails back, like for a retro livery.

CapEd



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User currently offlinejamake1 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1011 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 33305 times:

Quoting CapEd388 (Reply 17):

I wish they would bring these tails back, like for a retro livery.

While I think the hooded eskimo represents the Alaska Airlines brand quite well, I am inclined to agree with you. I've especially loved the prospetor and Russian domed tails.

In addition to the Hawai'ian lei, the eskimo also wore sunglasses to promote Alaska's intra-California flying following its merger with Jet America...



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User currently offlineCapEd388 From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 33291 times:

Quoting jamake1 (Reply 18):
I've especially loved the prospetor and Russian domed tails.

Yes I agree, those two have also been my favorite ones (besides the Eskimo) I like the different colors. I think if they just brought them back temporarily as a special liver on a couple of aircraft, it would be great.

CapEd



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User currently offlineCapEd388 From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 33227 times:

This might seem funny, but when i was younger I thought that the Alaska Eskimo and the Hawaiian Airlines Lady should of been a couple. lol  

CapEd



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User currently offlinewedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5910 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 33197 times:
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Quoting jamake1 (Reply 18):
In addition to the Hawai'ian lei, the eskimo also wore sunglasses to promote Alaska's intra-California flying following its merger with Jet America...

Those Chesters that donned the sunglasses were for Alaska's California Dreamin' campaign with more frequent service between the San Francisco Bay Area to selected SoCal Cities like 5X to 6X daily OAK-LGB, OAK-SNA and OAK-BUR using mainly Jet America MD-80's.

I don't know if any remembers... Chester was almost retired back in the late 1980's. Chester was to be replaced with a classy mountains...kind of what Reno Air adopted. I remember seeing it on an Alaska Airlines Company Newsletter. But it was shot down and continued Chester's legacy.

Kind of off the subject. The Pacific Northwest well-known sunrise (or sunset) logo of Horizon Air is slowly being replaced with Chester.


User currently onlineJamake1 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1011 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 33070 times:

Here is a photo from the California Dreamin' campaign...


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User currently offlinegolfradio From Canada, joined Jun 2009, 769 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 32869 times:

I thought calling him an Eskimo was now politically incorrect (akin to an Air Hostess) and you had to call him an Innuit?   

User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8568 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 32850 times:
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Quoting golfradio (Reply 23):
I thought calling him an Eskimo was now politically incorrect (akin to an Air Hostess) and you had to call him an Innuit?  

I believe that is only in Canada, in Alaska not all "Eskimo" are actually Inuit people so the old term is still in widespread use ( Or so I read somewhere, sometime... but I can't remember where/when).



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25 Post contains links AeroWesty : No thread on Chester is really complete without a link to this article: The Greatest Airline Logo on Earth
26 type-rated : I have heard some people say that Chester looks like Charles Manson on the tail. For some reason every time I see an Alaska plane I think about that.
27 FlyboyOz : We have got lots of advanced technology to improve on AS' logo. I think AS should decide to put a "real-life eskimo" photo on the tail. I mean it will
28 CapEd388 : I see your point, but I think this logo works well for Alaska. I have always like it. The same thing goes for the Hawaiian Airlines girl on the tail.
29 m404 : ABRAHAM LINCOLN. I first flew Wien in 1957 and met an eskimo in Kotzebue by that name and yes, his wife was Mary. I was with a photographer I met ther
30 chrisair : Chester also said "Thanks" for a few months. You beat me to it! I've also heard Chester looks like Che Guevara or Johnny Cash.
31 murchmo : Some of these simple "stupid questions" are great topics. They open up interesting perspectives and all kinds of new stuff shows up. I didn't know the
32 Post contains images Jamake1 : One of Chester's not so happy days: AS flight 60; Ketchikan, AK; April 05, 1976.
33 delta2ual : I had never seen Alaska Airlines until I went to college at UofA in Tucson in 1991. I remember asking someone later why AS had Abraham Lincoln on the
34 Airport : When I get home I can upload a photo of what the original new logo and livery were to look like as seen on a 727-200 (huge courtesy to alaska737 for
35 justplanesmart : I have also heard someone say it was Wolfman Jack.
36 GizmoNC : How many NS flights does AS have mainland to Hawaii now? And from what cities ? I know it is with 737-800 equipment.
37 bjorn14 : That's what I thought when I was about 10 until my Dad stopped laughing long enough to tell me it was an eskimo.
38 wedgetail737 : I think that was a different advertising campaign when they were adding little quotes to their MD-80's. That happened after the new paint job was wel
39 Post contains links and images yeelep : The ETOPS plane that didn't get lei'd. View Large View MediumPhoto © Terry Sheng Originally the lei's were to be temporary during the first six month
40 Airport : That reminds me, I was going to ask about that... anyone know why AS decided to keep them and if there are any plans to remove them? Personally I thi
41 JAAlbert : In college, my roommate couldn't understand why an airline called Alaska put a picture of Jimmy Hendrix on its tail. Now that is hilarious. Maybe we c
42 jackhi : uote=Airport,reply=9]I agree that it's Oliver Amouak. [/quote] [quote=CapEd388,reply=17]ea They used to have a few different tails back in the day ...
43 jetblast : Wasn't there Presidential Airways based out of IAD back in the 1980s? A long time ago but interesting nonetheless....
44 wedgetail737 : Yes...Presidential used A300-B4's on the LGB-IAD route briefly. There was also the Presidential Airways out of IAD that became a United Express carri
45 USAirALB : Haha, everyone in my family thinks that. I landed with my uncle and grandfather from SEA into EWR one day, and my uncle announced, quite loudy, "the
46 Viscount724 : Correct, in Canada the word "Eskimo" is virtually never used as it's considered derogatory. "Inuit" (one n) has been the accepted term for many years
47 Post contains images HorizonGirl : Wow! I don't believe I've seen that specific photo, that's quite the find! Thanks for sharing that. Thank you for confirming this, it's wonderful to
48 chrisair : Very, very cool info. Thanks for sharing. Didn't he sue the airline for using his face? You are correct. I forgot they still had the blue livery back
49 jackhi : Not that I can recall.
50 n729pa : Classic !! That did make me laugh, I had to double check the picture too just to see! That got me wondering who other airlines could use.....Bob Marl
51 Coronado990 : That's Jimi Hendrix and he is from Seattle.
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