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Upcoming aviation events at the museum on Lake Hood

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As September rolls around special aviation events are planned at the Alaska Aviation Museum. On September 5th WineStyles is hosting a fundraiser for the museum at 6:30 p.m. featuring over 30 different wines and six different micro brewed beers.
Tickets for the event $55 per person are on sale now by calling the museum 907-248-5325 or purchasing them at the museum gift shop.
There will be a museum open house on Sept. 15th at 5 p.m. featuring the grand opening of the Merrill Field Cab. The cab was taken from the Merrill Field Tower when the old tower was on the south side of runways 7/25 where the airport mangers office is located today. The cab is the area where air traffic controllers work and has a 360 degree view.
A special building was built to host the cab’s renovation and is located on the south shore of Lake Hood that offers a wonderful view of the Lake Hood and Lake Spenard flight activities and a deck on the second floor that allows visitors to view Alaska aviation at its best.
Merrill Field (MRI/PAMR) is named after Russell Merrill an aviation pioneer who disappeared on a flight to a mine in western Alaska in September 1929. Merrill Field was the first official airport in Anchorage and was named after Merrill in 1930 and received the first aviation beacon in honor of Russell Merrill on Sept. 25, 1932. Today Merrill Field is home to over 900 general aviation aircraft.
The cab was taken by the museum after a new tower was erected on 5th Ave. on the north side of the east/west runway.
Later after the open house at 6:30 to 8 p.m. there will be a special lecture series kick-off that will feature George Pappas and Oren Hudson who will present a talk titled: “Runway Development: Park Strip to International Airport.”
Between the two gentlemen they have over 100 years of aviation experience in Alaska.
The Alaska Aviation Museum’s lecture series is sponsored by a generous grant from the Anchorage Centennial Community Grants.

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