Collection mac-2 - Yukon Airways and Exploration Co. collection

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Yukon Airways and Exploration Co. collection

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mac mac-2

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2 cm of textual records.

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The Yukon Airways and Exploration Co. was formed in 1927. Its primary objective was to open up the vast unexplored territories, much of which was inaccessible by land. The main office was in Whitehorse with branches in Dawson City and Mayo. Clyde Wann was the President and Andy Cruickshank, a pilot in the First World War, was General Manager. In October 1927 the company's first plane was purchased, a Ryan Monoplane. The primary function of the company was to carry mail and freight. The crashes of 'Queen of the Yukon II' and the 'Northern Light' in November 1929 and a shortage of cash made it impossible for Yukon Airways to continue operations and it was forced to close.

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The collection consists of papers relating to the death of John Melville Patterson, the chief pilot of Yukon Airways in 1929, a letter to White Pass and Yukon Route (WP&YR) discussing advertising, a bill of sale for a Ryan Brougham airplane, a passenger, mail and express tariff, and an envelope commemorating the company's first flight.

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