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Noel Wien

Aviation Pioneer Noel Wien

Profession: Aviation Pioneer

United States of America

Biography: The founder of Wien Air Alaska, Alaska's first airline, he introduced the airplane to Alaska, which over the years became the primary mode of transport in the vast and thinly populated state.

Born: June 8, 1899
Birthplace: Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: July 19, 1977 (aged 78)

Historical Events

  • 1928-10-20 Wien Alaska Airways, Inc. incorporated; the first airline in Alaska and one of the 1st in the US with Noel Wien as president
  • 1929-03-07 First nonstop flight made from America to Asia across the Bering Strait (Nome to North Cape) by Noel Wien and Calvin Cripe for Wien Air Alaska

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