Jack Peck was born in 1915 in Exeter, California. In the 1930s Peck partners with Wyman Rice to form Peck and Rice Airways, primarily flying out of Anchorage and Bethel. In 1947 he signed on as chief pilot for Al Jones Flying Service. He also served as chief pilot for Alaska Airlines in the 1950s. He then started and operated Alaska Aeronautical Industries (AAI) until the 1970s, when he was appointed to Anchorage International Airport Manager by Governor Egan. Peck had a sterling reputation as an accomplished airman and as a careful, dedicated pilot.