Did you know…
Alaskans are the "flyingest" people. Alaska has six times the average number of pilots per capita for the U.S., the highest of any state. Maybe it's because only 10% of the state is accessible by road.
Our Flying Heritage
Once in a Blue Moose is a family owned business, and our family has a special connection to flying. Our father, Jack Jefford, was an Alaskan bush pilot who detailed his flying exploits in the book Winging It! (Winging It! is out of print but available at Amazon.com.)
Our Mom and company founder, May Jefford, eloped with Dad on April 10, 1944 in his small plane. They flew to Unalakleet where they said their vows. Our grandmother thought he was too old for her -- she was 21 and he was 34.
While on their "honeymoon," they had to make a forced landing in a snowstorm. Mom had noticed Dad packing a gun in the luggage and thought it was a strange thing to bring on a honeymoon, but that night when the wolves started howling it seemed like a great idea.
The next day they were able to shovel enough of a makeshift runway to take off. Safely back in the sky, the newlyweds were ready to face their next challenge: facing May's mother.
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Life in Alaska