On the Wings of Eagles:

Alaska's Contribution to Operation Magic Carpet

This permanent exhibit celebrates Alaska’s heroic humanitarian rescue of Jewish refugees during the establishment of the State of Israel and tells the riveting story of Alaska Airlines’ pilots and flight attendants who took enormous risks to rescue Jews from hostile territory and bring them safely to the fledgling Jewish homeland.

Working 16-20 hours shifts under difficult and dangerous conditions, for a period of 17 months from late 1948-1950, the pilots flew twin-engine DC-46 and DC-4 aircraft, carrying substantial overloads of passengers as they averted Arab tracers and gunfire.

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