Stephen E. Mills

Steve Mills first came to Alaska in 1932 in search of adventure and the prospect of fortune.

A talented aviator, he formed Star Air Service out of Merrill Field with partners Jack Waterworth and Charles Ruttan, starting with only a single Fleet biplane which they shipped aboard the S.S. Yukon. Initially a flight school, two of their clients were the first two women pilots licensed in Alaska, Mary Barrows & Irene Irvine. Star Air Service merged with McGee Airways in 1935, forming the foundation for what would become Alaska Airlines.