THE DAWN OF AVIATION





2001 – Master Artists – Jennifer Headtke and Tim Sczawinski
2005 -  Redesigned, painted and relocated

The history of aviation is legendary in Alaska due to the state's enormous size and pervasive lack of roads to access rural communities.  This mural, displays one scene in which Seward played a part in the aviation story, and was inspired by life long Seward resident, Patricia Williams, who as a child, witnessed the landing of the first planes to successfully fly around the world.  On April 6th, 1924, four Douglas World Cruisers under the command of Major Frederick L. Martin of the US Army Air Service departed from Sand Point Airfield in Seattle, WA, flying westward to circumnavigate the globe.  Their round the world feat has never been duplicated by anyone flying in a single engine, open-cockpit airplane. 

Making the rules up as they went along, pioneer air services sprang up all over Alaska braving the weather and remote wilderness to provide transportation throughout the territory.
  
Size - 8' x 40'
1st Location - Old Elk's Building downtown Seward, now the Seward Brewery
Current Location - North side of Resurrection Body Works at 231-5th Ave