George Pappas

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

George Pappas was only 18 when he earned his A&E license in 1947. He came to Alaska soon after, going to work for Herb Mensing and Jack Peck on Merrill Field. In 1959, George acquired the old Reeve hangar at Merrill Field, where he started Aircraft Rebuilders in partnership with Ben Werner. Pappas is widely regarded as an artist with sheet metal, having repaired countless aircraft during his sixty-one years in Alaska. For this, he is known as the “Wizard of Sheet Metal”.