Lowell Thomas Jr. is known as an author, film producer, lecturer, public official, adventurer and bush pilot. He flying career began when he joined the Army Air Corps during WWII, where he flew B-25 Mitchell Bombers. With Alaska statehood imminent, Thomas flew his family to Alaska to film a documentary on young families living in the wild frontier.
Lowell served two terms in the Alaska State Senate from 1967-1974, credited with passage of legislation establishing Chugach State Park. Thomas also served under Governor Jay Hammond as Alaska’s fifth lieutenant governor from 1974-1978.
After his political career, Thomas began work shuttling climbing parties on and off Denali in his Helio Courier. He purchased Talkeetna Air Taxi in 1981. Over the years, his passengers including Charles Lindebergh, Brad Washburn, and Walter Cronkite. He donated his Helio Courier to the Alaska Aviation Museum in 2010.
* This information was retrieved from Lowell Thomas Jr.’s Alaska Legislative citation, issued in 2012.