Bill English

Bill English was born in 1923 in Coldfoot, Alaska. A pioneer of his time, Bill English was the first Alaska Native commercial pilot, first Native to earn an airline transport rating and first Native to be designated as an FAA pilot examiner. He flew for Wien Airlines for 37 years, transitioning from pioneer bush pilot to modern day jet pilot. He continued to contribute to his community, serving on various community boards and co-founding the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics.