Friday, July 18, 2008

No Runway? No Problem!

It's not every day you round the corner in the neighborhood to find an airplane parked on a front lawn.

In Alaska, however, anything goes. Clearly. 1 in 5 residents are licensed pilots; in part because many are military or retired military, and also due to the fact that some of the best fishing and hunting are done miles away from any road or water system.

Merrill Field, just across from Yukon's office at the VA, is home to most of these pilots' aircraft. Others rely on float planes, moored at Lake Hood near the Airport. Lake Hood is the busiest float plane port in the world.

Or, you could just land in the street and roll up to the front deck. Handy if you're late to dinner.

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