Alaska Film Archives

Alaska Division: Great Falls to Fairbanks
Alaska Division: Great Falls to Fairbanks
This is an Army Air Corps training film for crews ferrying aircraft from Great Falls, Montana to Fairbanks, Alaska, where Soviet pilots then took possession of the airplanes. The aircraft were part of the Lend-Lease program in which the United States sent war supplies to the Soviet Union during World War II. Footage includes graphics showing the route, aerial views of runways along the route, views of runways during landings, and graphics advising pilots of procedures for aborting flights. During the life of the Lend-Lease project, nearly 8,000 planes flew along this route, also known as the Alaska-Siberia (ALSIB) route, from Montana to Alaska then on to Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. The film was made by the U.S. Army Air Forces Air Transport Command Overseas Technical Unit.
[Alaska travel, Healy, Valdez, Gulkana, Ski Boot Hill, travel outside 1]
[Alaska travel, Healy, Valdez, Gulkana, Ski Boot Hill, travel outside 1]
This film is made up of several smaller reels labeled: "Raft Race and Rodeo," "August 1967, Mom and Dad Arriving, Valdez Trip, Floods, [?] House," "Raft Race," "Raft Race," "Wisc Kids 1966," "Wisc Kids #2," "Ferry to Whittier 1972," and "Square Dance 1973." The film contains footage of a raft race on the Tanana River near Fairbanks, a rodeo, Wien airplanes at an airport, Valdez area waterfalls, a man and boy holding fish and standing near a camper, flooded homes in a neighborhood, North Star Borough School buses, family scenes outside Alaska, scenes viewed from the deck of a ferry, and people square-dancing.
[AMOCO-Navarin operations]
[AMOCO-Navarin operations]
The filmmaker's original labeling scheme has AAF-20,000 numbered as Bacon 102-1 and titled "AMOCO-Navarin Operations: WP [workprint]-400 feet." It contains footage of men boarding a Boeing 234 Chinook helicopter, the helicopter taking off and then landing at an oil rig or platform in the ocean, a sign that says "Ocean Odyssey," a man in a small control room, drilling operations and men at work aboard an oil rig, a satellite dish and control room, a man being interviewed, more scenes aboard the oil rig, a cargo ship and a sign reading "Maersk Serangoon," a man with binoculars, a pipe and cargo aboard a ship?, a helicopter landing at an airport, and men disembarking from the helicopter. Reed Bovee interviewed filmmaker Bill Bacon in 2010, and the following information about these films is based on Bovee's notes from that interview: "Box 102 - 1 Reel - Film Bill did for AMOCO Oil. They had a contract. Also, they had a lease for fifty miles off of Anwar [ANWR] on the border of Canada and the United States and they wanted a film of the whole operation."
[Camping, outdoor scenes, and scenes from an airport]
[Camping, outdoor scenes, and scenes from an airport]
This footage features a woman on a swingset next to a lake, a woman and a man paddling a canoe, palm trees, a beach, a city, a woman modeling dresses and furs in front of a brick house, a well-dressed woman and man getting into a car in winter, driving, a woman and man getting out of a car, a landscape viewed from a moving vehicle, an airplane on the tarmac, two women boarding an airplane at an airport, an airplane being fueled at an airport, women picking produce in a field, a group of people eating at a picnic table, and airplanes taking off at the airport.
[Chuck Gray film collection addition 3]
[Chuck Gray film collection addition 3]
The original reel and can notes for AAF-10077 are: "Bristol Bay, Valdez 1971, and winter fishing trips." The film includes fishing, airplanes on floats, a NCA seaplane landing and turning around onshore, a sign the says "Welcome to Brooks River Alaska - Katmai National Monument - Northern Consolidated Airlines - Anglers Paradise Camp" fly fishing near small waterfalls, cabins, fox closeups, a sign that says "Welcome to Kulik River Alaska - Northern Consolidated Airlines - Anglers Paradise Camp," children, a boat harbor, more waterfalls, a family on a boat, airport scenes in winter, airplanes on skis landing and taking off, and winter fishing.
[Dick King collection]
[Dick King collection]
This footage includes a Cessna 140 C-140 taking off and landing from a river bed, men at a hunting camp by a campfire, a riverboat with duck hunters, a small airplane on floats taxiing, Bill Stroecker with a dog retrieving a duck, moving a house with a truck, construction of the Wien hangar at the Fairbanks International Airport, a young girl and boy playing, the chimney for the Wien hangar, an outboard motor-powered riverboat, a gold dredge operating, people watching a bucket train on a dredge , Bill Lavery with a whipsaw making lumber, a cabin, Bill Lavery in a plaid shirt and cap with unidentified men, men by a Cessna 170 C-170 airplane on ice with wheels, a truck moving a house, a man fly fishing, Bill Lavery working on a cabin, men with a riverboat loaded with a moose, Bill Stoecker in a rowboat loaded with a moose, a gold dredge, riverboat travel, a duck hunt with Bill Stroecker holding a duck, a lab retrieving a duck, Stoecker rowing a boat with a moose, a C-170 on ice, men whipsawing lumber, Bill Lavery in plaid, a lab retrieving ducks, children playing and being pulled on a sled by a dog in Island Homes (?). Activities on the North Slope during Dew Line construction include: a camp in winter, Caterpillars, a Wien C-47 airplane, aerial views of a LeTourneau Snow Train and a Cat train. Additional footage includes men unloading a Wien C-47, two riverboats on the Salcha River during freeze-up with ice running, ice skaters, crossing a frozen lake in a riverboat, unloading boats at a Salcha River landing , a truck hauling a disassembled C-47,a Wien Norseman on floats taxiing and taking off, children playing, a C-46 being repaired at Peters Lake, a herd of caribou, a Cat train on the North Slope, a short upside down segment of film with a fox, an Alaska Freight Lines Cat train on the North Slope with a Wien C-47, a Norseman and a Beaver on skis by a Cat train, dog races and an Ice Carnival parade in Fairbanks, a Wien C-47 on ice, a brief shot of a woman, men at a cabin and riverboat hunting, Bill Stroecker approaching with a duck, men unloading a Wien C-46, a moose, a 1 year old named Rebecca, men fishing in the ocean, children playing, a C-46 landing at a North Slope camp, people loading barrels into a C-46, an Alaska Freight Lines LeTourneau Snow Train, men loading a riverboat onto a trailer, Bill Stroecker fly fishing for grayling, a moose, a riverboat, float planes, a cabin on a river, cabins at Healy Lake (?), a man with a fish net, men hunting, a moose on a boats, Bill Stroecker holding a dead bird of prey, Bill Stroecker with a retriever, a string of ducks at a cabin, and a cabin on a river.
[Farrar buggy, scenes outside Alaska]
[Farrar buggy, scenes outside Alaska]
The original film is labeled “Ray Farrar and buggy, me and Champ, Tom shoveling snow – Michigan, Toni on water ski, Siebert and deer.” The film contains scenes of a dog pulling a loaded sled, brief aerial views of a town and an airport landing strip, a large vehicle with many tires moving across the tundra, sections of pipe being hauled by vehicle, a demonstration of a vehicle’s ability to travel smoothly over rough terrain, a small airplane taking off from an airport, John Baker repairing the tail of an airplane, snow storm scenes, a workshop's interior, a deer near a barn, a man posing with a deer, a pheasant in snow, men moving a raft of logs, a water chute and logging operation, a man water skiing, and an airplane on floats landing on water. Some scenes were filmed outside Alaska.
[Kennecott, Eagle, Haul Road scenes, winter trucking and wildlife 1]
[Kennecott, Eagle, Haul Road scenes, winter trucking and wildlife 1]
AAF-10403 is made up of several smaller reels of film. Handwritten notes on original film boxes are as follows: “1986 Tim Walcott and I flying to P Bay.” “Ketchev plane flying alongside back to Prospect Camp with church people.” “Glacier Bay 1983, excellent falling, Glacier Bay 1.” “Haines eagles, flying to and from Anchorage, Mt. McKinley from air.” “Jim’s river boat, McCarthy, Teklaneka 79.” “End of D. King trip to Isreal – Anchorage, sheep at Glenn Hwy, bear near truck, Bill Chesley wh[?] fishing.” “Good D King and I cutting logs on So Fork, DK landing on So Fork winter time, good pictures at PB on taxi way lots of activity, Good taxi way P Bay, cutting logs with D King.” “Winter view mt from house 6mi, Little at Eagle in Dawson Parade.” “Good activity at Deadhorse Airport P Bay, small sheep, Larissa, beginning of D King logging.” This film contains footage of an airplane and the sign “Jim River DOT,” the pipeline, airplanes, tankers, a fishing boat, seals, calving glaciers, an eagle, mountains at sunset, children with a sled and snowmachine, McCarthy store lodge, Kennicott Glacier and Kennecott Mine, a family boating, dall sheep, a bear at close range trying to climb into a truck, a man chasing a grizzly, a bear and a truck on the Haul Road, cutting up trees, an aircraft, trucking, scenes in Eagle, a helicopter, a sternwheeler riverboat, a parade, and airplanes and trucks at a busy Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay Airport.
[KFAR television news footage 2]
[KFAR television news footage 2]
This footage features men and women being searched by police, a dog sled race, raised homes, people on a sternwheeler, a building with a sign that says "Bank Interior City Branch," aerial views of Alaska countryside, an airplane dropping some type of powder or smoke, people racing and having fun at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a man preparing for an art exhibition, outdoor city scenes on a windy winter day, large lengths of pipe being loaded onto a truck, airplanes at rest, a man using a snowblower, a truck removing snow, children playing, views from inside Alaskaland, the sternwheeler Nenana, a Pan American airplane taxiing, a man exiting the airplane onto a red carpet, a small car traveling down railroad tracks, scenic views of mountains and rivers, a locomotive engine pulling a single car on train tracks, a bridge over a river, surveyors and construction equipment on a dirt road, a steel bridge spanning a large canyon in Alaska, views of Nenana, the military practicing with large guns, crops, views of Barrow, Alaska Natives processing meat, oil workers operating machinery, scenes from inside a very large airplane (including the cockpit), the Wien Consolidated Airlines building in Barrow, scenes from aboard a large ship named the Manhattan, a helicopter landing on the ship, construction equipment moving earth, men and women dining, views from the inside of a power plan (?), men pouring and smoothing concrete, and scenes from a Golden Days parade in Fairbanks.
[KFAR television news footage 3]
[KFAR television news footage 3]
Footage from in and around Fairbanks includes a downhill ski race at Cleary Summit ski area on Steese Highway, the Golden Valley Co-op building, the Arctic Bowl building, students making dog harnesses, a building on fire, an unidentified meeting, UAF scenes, reindeer in pens, Alaska Native Queen contestants, women preparing traditional foods, an unidentified man being interviewed, Midnight Sun 600 snowmachine race activities, and snowmachines being refueled and arriving at the Big Dipper in Fairbanks. Additional footage includes a helicopter flying around the Hurricane Bridge construction site on the George Parks Highway and scenes of a construction site. Additional Fairbanks footage includes snow removal around town, the B&B Center, the Market Basket, Nerlands appliances and its Christmas window display, Fairbanks City Police arresting an individual, a car wreck, City Police arresting a man, and more snow removel. Subsequent footage includes Alaska State Troopers stopping a car, a television studio, City Police arresting people during a raid (?) on a house, men loading drums of fuel into a Canadian military Caribou freight airplane, people unloading the airplane in Anaktuvuk village (?), UAF Rifle Team members practicing, dancers from Telons (?) on stage and touring the Riverboat Nenana and Alaskaland, the inside of a bank, shots of Fairbanks International Airport's interior, various bank buildings and activities, Yukon 800 boats on the Chena River, Yukon 800 winners with a trophy, and an Interior Airways Twin Otter airplane landing at a remote camp in the arctic and departing.
[KFAR television news footage 4]
[KFAR television news footage 4]
Footage from around Fairbanks includes an Alaska State Trooper conducting a traffic stop, concrete being poured at a building construction site at UAF (?), a Boy Scout Camporee or Jamboree at Alaskaland, several cargo jets at Fairbanks International Airport, a drug education center called the Island, boys playing a baseball game, busses at Joy School, Fairbanks Curling Club matches, an Interior Airways Twin Otter airplane at a remote camp in the arctic, motorcycles on Chena Ridge, a Yamaha motorcycle dealership, construction at the Tanana Valley State Fair grounds, a Lathrop Malemute men's basketball game, the Wood Center at UAF opening, residents leaving Steel's Hotel and moving to the Polaris Hotel, voting precincts, beauticians, snow removal, moose in yards, a swearing in ceremony at the City Council (?), a dinner event at Alaskaland Community Center, Mayor Red Boucher receiving a trophy from Mayor Julian Rice, Red and Heidi Boucher dancing, an African American art and fashion show, a switching gear at the Municipal Utilities System (MUS) building, city garbage pick-up, a front end loader dumping snow on a burning cabin, an ambulance at an auto accident, a damaged Cessna airplane in a snowbank, Alaska Railroad passenger cars, an ambulance, people in St. Joseph hospital, the city dump, an elephant and a hippopotamus at Alaskaland, boating, children practicing archery, voting precincts, the Youth Conservation Corp working on Cripple Creek Campground, the Kaktovik Post Office building being loaded into a C-130 Hercules airplane, a small parade, the ceremonial opening of a picnic site (?), rides at the Fairground, Aurora Animal Clinic, parking meters around town, stock car racing at Mitchell or the North Pole Speedway, the city dump, and a heavy equipment loader that ran off the University of Alaska bridge being pulled from the Chena River.
[KTVF news stories from Fairbanks between 1972 and 1975]
[KTVF news stories from Fairbanks between 1972 and 1975]
Footage includes an interview with Mac Fenton about school board issues concerning smoking in schools, Mayor Julian Rice and Wally Droz being interviewed about the relationship between the mayor and the city clerk, an unidentified man being interviewed by reporter Sunny Carpenter about a satellite telemetry project at the University of Alaska, and a Capital International Airways DC-8 crash story from Anchorage International Airport.
[KTVF news stories, McKinley Park, dog mushing, Yukon 800 boat race, forest fire]
[KTVF news stories, McKinley Park, dog mushing, Yukon 800 boat race, forest fire]
Specific dates and other information noted on the original film are given here in parentheses. The footage features views of mountains and scenery at Mt. McKinley National Park, a woman driving a vehicle into the park, a train, dog sledding footage (segment is titled "Mt. McKinley") (no date) (silent), a man loading a dog sled, a dog yard, a man putting dogs into dog boxes on a truck, a man putting chains on sled runners, mushing scenes (segment is titled "Dennis Kogal A&P Mt. McKinley") (no date) (silent), spectators watching the Yukon 800 boat race from the banks of the Chena River, boats on the river, aerial views of a large airport (no description or date) (silent), aerial views of a forest fire, a Yukon River bridge, Five-Mile camp, the pipeline, men with piles of boxes, a helicopter, a boat on the Yukon River, men at a camp along the river, and firefighters fighting a forest fire (no description or date) (silent).