Art Woodley was born in 1906 in Elmira, New York. He learned to fly with the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1927, and made his first trip to Alaska in 1928. He formed Woodley Airways in 1932, and incorporated as Pacific Northern Airlines (PNA) in 1945. PNA headquarters moved to Seattle in 1948, and by 1956 was the first airline in Alaska to carry more than 100,000 passengers in a single year. PNA merged with Western Airlines in 1967, and Woodley retired from the business in 1971.