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Jack Jefford

Jack Jefford

Jack Jefford was born in 1910 in McGrew, Nebraska and grew up on a ranch. He worked for several outfits in the Lower 48 in Nebraska and Oklahoma before coming to Alaska in 1937 to be a bush pilot, where he worked principally for Hans Mirow's air taxi firm in Nome. His work included years of flying in all kinds of weather to help sick or injured people in remote areas and supplying the FAA's far-flung stations throughout the state. Jack was the chief pilot for the Federal Aviation Administration and its predecessor agency, the Civilian Aviation Administration for 32 years. He also helped establish the network of radio facilities and remote airstrips around Alaska. Jack Jefford died in 1979.

Biographical information taken from interview transcript. For more information about Jack Jefford see: Winging It: Jack Jefford, Pioneer Alaskan Aviator. Edited by Carmen Jefford Fisher and Mark Fisher with Cliff Cernick. Alaska Northwest Books, Anchorage, Alaska, 1981.

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