Transport: North to the Arctic

Last week Pan American started survey nights for a regular service from Seattle to Juneau, Alaska, last remaining zig in a zigzag line of connecting air routes up from the southernmost capital of the Western Hemisphere (Buenos Aires). The survey plane, a 15-passenger Sikorsky S-43, followed a roundabout route circling out over the ocean, not because she might not have flown over Canada but because Pan American would rather fly over water than land any day.

There are almost no roads in Alaska, few railroads. Alaskan transportation has gone from dog sleds to planes...

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