Remembering Bob Ellis, One of Alaska's
August is Alaska Aviation
August 12, 2004
Ketchikan, Alaska - Bob Ellis was recognized and initiated into
the Alaska Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in
Anchorage, Alaska on February 27, 2004. Ellis was one of
Southeast Alaska's most famous bush pilots and founder of Ketchikan's
Ellis Air Transport. Ellis was a US Navy Reservist
during WWII and was commander of the sectors in Alaska.
He was mayor of Ketchikan and an elected Territorial senator.
Known as an active promoter of tourism and sightseeing, Bob Ellis
was Ketchikan's first flying Santa Claus and set countless aviation
Alaska Aviation Pioneer
Hall of Fame member Bob Ellis is pictured in the middle.
Date of photograph unknown. Photo courtesy Ellis family....
Ted Spencer of Juneau was asked by the Alaska Aviation Heritage
Museum in Anchorage to create a photographic collage illuminating
some of the highlights of Ellis' aviation career and contributions.
Spencer said, "While our archive had a number of images,
they were insufficient to accomplish the task. We were able to
get additional assistance from the Ellis family, the Tongass
Historical Museum, Bud Bodding, Jim Ruotsala of Juneau and the
Alaska State Library via Gladi Kulp." Spencer said, "Our
research included information within the book by Bob Ellis -
"What...No Landing Field?" - and "Alaskan Wings"
written by Jim Ruotsala." He said, "While we had a
restricted space with which to display the captioned photographs,
we managed to present a lot of rare & interesting information
about Bob Ellis' life and his role Alaskan aviation pioneering."
Ellis Airlines Goose,
One photo in Ellis' Alaska Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame exhibit...
Courtesy Ted Spencer & Ellis family...
Spencer said, "It is hoped that an expanded version of this
exhibit can be presented in Ketchikan as an additional tribute
to Bob Ellis and to commemorate the centennial of flight in America.
Alaska certainly has played a leading and colorful part in this
American heritage. Unfortunately there is little on display to
denote Alaskan aviation history. This exhibit may be one vehicle
to do so, for the benefit of visitors and residents alike."
Read more about Bob Ellis:
BOB ELLIS, BUSH PILOT; A long, full life 1903-1994 by June Allen
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