"Build a mile of road, it takes you a mile out of town … Build a mile of runway, it takes you to the world."
Mark your calendars and celebrate the role of manned flight and aviation in American history this Sunday, Aug. 19, National Aviation Day.
Here in Alaska, where more than 80 percent of communities are only accessible by air year-round, it's a day of special significance.
A few stats to better understand what pilots mean for Alaskans from Ketchikan to Barrow:
High-five the Alaska pilot in your life this weekend. And if you're in Anchorage, head to the Alaska Aviation Museum between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a free poster.
Contact Laurel Andrews at laurel(at)alaskadispatch.com