Frank Dorbandt

2015 Explorer & Pathway Award

Frank Dorbandt was a colorful character, famous in his own time for his daring flights into dangerous weather. He first came to Alaska in 1928, accepting a position as pilot with the Anchorage Air Transport Company flying alongside Russel Merrill. Amongst his achievements are forming Pacific International Airways, Ptarmigan Airways, flying volcanic surveys with Father Bernard Hubbard and participating in the ice-bound Nanuk cargo ship rescue mission. Dorbandt was instrumental in making Anchorage the center of commercial aviation in Alaska.