Legendary Alaska aviator Shell Simmons stands in front of an Alaska Airlines 727 jet at Juneau International Airport circa 1979. Simmons was the founder of Alaska Coastal Airlines. He is remembered for countless heroic exploits during his many years of flying in Alaska. One of his most celebrated accomplishments was the daring rescue during a raging winter storm in 1938 of the crew of the grounded cargo ship Patterson near Cape Fairweather. In 1962, Alaska Coastal Airlines merged with Ellis Airlines. That company eventually merged with Alaska Airlines, where he served on the board of directors. He died in 1994 at the age of 86.
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