First Plane in Skagway
Siberian Aviator Lands Safely On Skagway Beach
Daily Alaskan, July 6, 1922
Aviator C.O. Prest arrived in Skagway
this afternoon at 3:25 and landed against the wind on the beach beside
the Sylvester wharf in safety, just one hundred and twenty feet from
where the wheels of the plane first touched the ground. A good crowd had
gathered on the beach to welcome this pioneer of the air, and first
sighted the plane at 3:15 as it sailed mountain high above the channel.
Mr. Prest has the distinction of being the first airman to land in
Skagway. On the tail of the plane could be seen the words, "Prest, Polar
Bear II, Las Vegas, Nevada". The aviator will remain in the city until
tomorrow afternoon when he will continue his air voyage landing at
Whitehorse, Y.T., perhaps an hour later. The people of Skagway and the
tourists wish him a successful trip to his destination in Asia.