Alaska Airways Consolidated 17-AF
From the two small airlines from
which it was formed, Pacific Alaska Airways inherited a number of
Star Route Contracts.
These were the Post Office's Alaska equivalent of the lower 48 states'
Mail routes. The first air mail services were
commenced on 3 Sept 1933 using a fleet of newly
purchased Consolidated Fleetsters.
All three are shown on the images above and below (from the
archives of the Museum of Alaska Transportation
& Industry) although on the lower reproduction
the registrations NC703Y and
704Y are scarcely discernible. The aircraft were operated in ski,
float and wheel
configurations depending on the need.
(c/ns 1 & 2)