Wednesday, July 14, 2010

2010 National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Class - Noel Wien

In the 19th century, pioneers opened up the American West with horses and Conestoga wagons. By the early 20th century, and for the Alskan frontier, it was airplanes piloted by men like Noel Wien that opened this wilderness.

Born in Lake Nebagamon, WI on June 8, 1899, Noel Wien leanred to fly in 1921. In this golden age of aviation, Wien became a barnstormer with Clarence W. Hinck’s Federated Fliers Flying Circus.

In 1924, Wien saw opportunities in Alaska. With pilot’s license #39 – signed by Orville Wright – Wien moved there with his brothers. In his Hisso Standard biplane, Wien began bush pilot services in the unforgiving, beautiful wilderness.

In 1927, he founded Wien Air Alaska, the first airline in Alaska, and one of the first in the United States. Wien died in 1977, and the airline ceased operations in 1985, but in 1999, his son, Merrill Wien, flew in an open-cockpit biplane from Anchoage to Fairbanks to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of his father’s historic flight.

For more of Noel Wien’s story, as well as the other members of this year’s Hall of Fame class, join us Saturday night at 7:00pm EDT for the LIVE Internet broadcast of the entire Hall of Fame Enshrinement event. Go to:

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