The man pictured is an Inuit Nunamiut Eskimo, George Paneak, the mayor of Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska. You may have guessed by now that he is a pilot. An inactive one, but in his youth he got his certificate because his friends said he couldn’t. You will read about him as part of our series on America’s airports in an upcoming issue of AOPA Pilot. Here are some pictures by AOPA photographer Chris Rose taken in Anaktuvuk. The guy in the orange mask is me, at minus 38 degrees F, windchill minus 60 degrees F. The Cessna Caravan is flown by Bill Miller of Wright Air whose cargo was taken by snowmobile sled to the village. The street sign shows the blending of the old Inupiaq language with the new.
Tags: Al Marsh