1928 Stearman C2B

The most “historic aircraft” in the collection, this Stearman C2B was built in 1928, and arrived in Alaska in 1929. It was flown by many of the so-called “eagles,” the early pioneers, including Noel Wien, Ben Eielson, Harold Gilliam, Joe Crosson, Bob Reeve, and Merle “Mudhole” Smith. In 1932 this plane conducted the first landing and rescue on Mt. McKinley. It was crashed in 1937, and subsequently recovered in the mid 1960s by Jack Wilson. NC5415 was restored to flying condition by Les and Janet Kares, who sold the aircraft to the Alaska Aviation Museum in 1991.