Harold Esmailka

Born on the Yukon River above Kaltag in 1930, Harold Esmailka has truly lived up to the title “Bush Pilot.” Through the span of his life Harold has worked as a fisherman, wolf hunter, trapper, miner, heavy mechanic, store owner and a pilot. Harold has started many flying services, including Harold’s Air Service, which served 63 villages with a fleet of 28 aircraft. From Ruby, during the days when Harold began operations with a Super Cub to the final days of Tanana Air Service, Harold has been the picture of aviation in Alaska.