Oren Hudson

2015 Aviation Entrepreneur Award

Oren Hudson learned to fly while still in high school, first soloing in 1937. He was a Civilian Pilot Trainer, where he trained hundreds of young pilots as part of the War Training Service. In 1948 Hudson opened a flying service out of Merrill Field, using a new Aeronca Sedan he purchased that year. He moved to Iliamna after bidding on a mail contract there, and continued delivering mail, flying charters and flying scheduled services for over fifty years from Iliamna and Merrill Field.