Alaska Airlines Pioneers

At Alaska Airlines, our company is built squarely on the shoulders of our many dedicated and passionate employees. However, in the early days there were a few brave people who stood out by risking their livelihoods—and lives—opening up the “Great Land” from the air.

Each of these men gave mightily of themselves and their contributions helped to build Alaska Airlines into the company we have today. To learn more about them, follow the links below.

Mac McGee

Shell Simmons

Bob Ellis

"Mudhole" Smith