1929 Keystone Loening Commuter

Manufactured by the Keystone Corporation in 1929, only 40 examples were built. This is one of the last two examples in existence. A Marine fighter pilot purchased this airplane just after World War II. He and his new wife christened it “Old Patches,” and flew it from Michigan to Alaska in 1946. Hank didn’t stay, but Jay Hammond did, and was elected to the legislature and to two terms as governor of Alaska. As governor, Jay Hammond was the driving force behind creation of the Alaska Permanent Fund.