TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF STATEHOOD
April 10, 2009
Hamberg's design was selected from among thousands of submissions by students across Alaska in a statewide "Paint the Plane" contest. Judged by a panel of Alaskan artists and other dignitaries, the design will fly throughout Alaska Airlines' network of 59 cities.
"This was an amazing opportunity to share Alaska's unique heritage with people throughout the state and across the country," said Hamberg. "Growing up in a small town in Alaska, I've seen how Alaskans work together and help each other. This artwork is a tribute to our ancestors who helped shape Alaska over the past 50 years."
Flying from Seattle in the special aircraft were Hamberg and her parents, Barth and Mary Alice Hamberg of Sitka, Alaska State Representative Peggy Wilson and Alaska Airlines representatives. The plane and honored guests were welcomed to Hamberg's hometown by Sitka High School students and community members.
"What better way to celebrate the first 50 years of statehood than to commemorate with a flying mural inspired by our state's future - our children," Governor Sarah Palin said. "Hannah's artwork summarizes the values and qualities that are uniquely Alaskan and will be cherished for generations to come."
Viiew a large image of the design.
Following the welcoming ceremony in Sitka, the aircraft will depart for Anchorage and other Alaska cities. The plane will be routed throughout Alaska and the West Coast to celebrate the unique role air travel plays in the everyday lives of Alaskans.
"The 'Spirit of Alaska Statehood' aircraft symbolizes 50 years of independence and fortitude," said Bill MacKay, Alaska Airlines' senior vice president for the state of Alaska. "This unique plane will showcase our state's proud heritage everywhere it flies and have a very special place in our hearts for years to come."
The aircraft received its new livery at Aviation Technical Services of Everett, Wash., where 48 Associated Painters spent 14 days completing the complicated painting process requiring 21 colors and about 160 gallons of paint.
Hamberg and 12 other finalists received a trip to Disneyland Resort for their submissions. In all, 13 trips for four to Disneyland Resort were awarded, which included round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations and park tickets.
A dedicated Web site, www.PaintThePlane.com,
highlights the top 13 student designs submitted in recognition
of the state's 50th anniversary.
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