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Bristol Bay Air Service

History of the Airline and Her People



Like many air carriers in Alaska, Bristol Bay Air Service evolved from previous air carriers.

Bowman Airways (1933-1936) was started in 1933 by Fred Bowman in Anchorage, Alaska.  They ran charter flights to Seattle, Washington. 

Bowman Airways mechanic-pilot Albert F. "Burt" Ruoff took over the airways from Fred Bowman. 

Ruoff renamed the airway to Ruoff Air Service (1936 - 1938).  Service was provided out of Anchorage to the Bristol Bay area. 

Later the name was changed to Bristol Bay Air Service (1938 - 1943).

Bristol Bay Air Service was purchased in 1943 by Ray Peterson Flying Service.

Many references refer to Burt Ruoff as Bert Ruoff.

Aircraft:  Bellanca - N779W



                    Bristol Bay Air Service - 1930 Bellanca CH-400 Skyrocket (NC779W)                                                                 Alfred Opland via Lars Opland


Bristol Bay Air Service - 1930 Bellanca CH-400 Skyrocket (NC779W) in the background                                Alfred Opland via Lars Opland


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