The joint mission of the IAAAF and the Pioneer Air Museum is to collect, protect, and preserve for educational purposes objects that reflect the history of Interior and Arctic Alaskan aviation through acquiring, restoring, interpreting, and displaying historically significant objects.
In 1979 Randy Acord, Corky Corkran, Dr. William Wood, Everett Long, and a few others felt that there was something important being lost to time, and that was the material objects that told the story of aviation in Interior Alaska. Many books had been written that told of the exploits of Carl Ben Eielson, Harold Gillam, Joe Crosson, the Wiens, Jorgy Jorgensen, Jim Hutchison, and many more. However, the floats, engines, pistons, log books, and wings that make up the story of Aviation would be gone. The Interior and Arctic Alaska Aeronautical Foundation was organized to promote the preservation of Interior Alaskas aviation heritage. The museum opened its doors in Pioneer Park (then Alaskaland) in 1992 under the Gold Dome.
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Your donations support the operations of the Pioneer Air Museum by IAAAF throughout the year. During the summer months we are open for 100 days when we average 10,000 visitors per year. In the summer, we hold special events for the communities youth, including our space camp and special tours. During winter months we open upon request for school classroom visits, presentations & lectures, community events, and museum tours. Over the winter of 2019-2020 we are open three days a week on a trial basis for our growing winter tourism. Throughout the year, the organization carries out projects including the restoration of vintage aircraft like a recently acquired 1929 Swallow bi-wing aircraft, and maintenance of other existing planes and objects in the museum. We constantly strive to improve our interpretative displays in the museum to better explain the important role of aviation in Alaskas history. We are also current seeking support for museum expansion and construction of a much-needed restoration facility.
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