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Cliff Hudson

Cliff Hudson

Cliff Hudson was a pioneering Alaska bush pilot whose air-taxi services based out of Talkeetna, Alaska made Alaskan climbing accessible to many more people. Born in Mallot, Washington in 1925, Cliff joined the U.S. Army in 1944 and came to Alaska in 1948 to join his brother, Glen, who was operating Hudson Air Service in Talkeetna. Cliff took over the business after his brother was killed in an airplane accident. Cliff had a great love of Alaska and flying, and was known for his flying skills, has attention to safety, and his intergrity. Cliff had many years of experience flying climbers to and from Denali, was involved in rescue operations, and always enjoyed sharing his stories. Cliff Hudson retired from flying in 1998 and his son, Jay, took over the family business. Cliff Hudson passed away in 2010 at the age of 84. For more about Cliff and Jay Hudson and Hudson Air Service see, "Hudson Air Service: A Big Part of Talkeetna History" in the Frontiersman newspaper.

Date of Birth:
Oct 27, 1925
Date of Death:
Mar 5, 2010
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