A.A. Bennett

A.A. Bennett was born in Oregon in 1988. He first came to Alaska in the mid-1920s, where he and Joe Crosson went to work for the Fairbanks Airplane Company (FAC), which was partially owned by aviation entrepreneur James Rodebaugh. Later that year, both Rodebaugh and Bennett pulled out of FAC and began their own airline, the Bennett-Rodebaugh Company.

By 1929, the Bennett-Rodebaugh Company was one of two major aviation businesses in Alaska, with operations in Nome and Fairbanks. Bennett and his pilots flew miners, preachers, farmers, lawyers, judges and road commission engineers. The company served Alaskans from Kivalina to Copper Center and from Eagle to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. In 1929, the Bennett-Rodebaugh Company was sold to Carl Ben Eielson, who at that time owned Alaskan Airways.

* This information was retrieved from A.A. Bennett’s Alaska Legislative citation, issued in 2012.