Jim and Dottie Magoffin

Jim and Dot in Widgeon 2 copyDottie and Jim Magoffin met in 1946 while they both worked for the Air Corp at Maxwell Field in Alabama.  They married and immediately headed north to Alaska, where Jim began working for the Fairbanks Exploration Company as a mining engineer.  They bought their first airplane, a Taylorcraft BC-12D, beginning their decades long commitment to creating an aviation empire in Alaska.  They founded Interior Airways, and in 1950 opened a flying school out of Weeks Field. While Jim had begun his flying career in 1934, Dottie started hers in 1955, earning her commercial license in 1957.

In the 1970s, they expanded their operations and changed their name to Alaska International Air, opening headquarters in London and Johannesburg.  Later, they renamed their company MarkAir to eliminate confusion with Alaska Airlines.  The Magoffins donated two aircraft to the museum, a 1944 Noordurn Norseman and a 1943 Grumman Super Widgeon.

* This information was retrieved from the Magoffin’s Alaska Legislative citation, issued in 2013.