November 20th, 2009 – by: bigmac993
This is the plane we took to Dutch Harbor by way of King Salmon a SAAB 340. It was a comfortable sturdy platform.
The second leg of the trip to Akutan was from Anchorage to King Salmon, Alaska. From the name I figured this was a fishing destination and asked why we were stopping there. The flight attendant (yes we had one of these and she was very helpful-a credit to Pen Air) said that because we were flying out over the Bering Sea, the planes always stopped in King Salmon and refueled. She went on to say that the sea temp is relatively warm compared to some of the arctic air and the mixture of warm water and cold air made for fog and sometimes ice so at the destination in the Aleutians or in the Pribilof Islands (St George and St Paul - a Deadliest Catch TV show destination), the planes could not see to land and had to return to King Salmon or Anchorage to land. Now I am starting to get a little nervous.
But it all turned out right, at least on this flight. King Salmon is one of the farthest west communities on mainland Alaska. It is located on the Alaska Peninsula on the north bank of the Naknek River near the city of Naknek.
Coordinates are 58°41′10″N 156°39′18″W.
This is a monster single engine plane. I am not sure what it is, someone said it was a Beaver but it looks bigger than the Beavers I have seen. Anyone know?
In addition to being a refueling stop for Pen Air, King Salmon is a transportation center, sport fishing center, and commercial fishing center with a population of fewer than 500. I was surprised to find out that it has been in existence for many years, since the 1930s and was the home of a US military base from early 1940s during WWII until 1993.
We were able to get off the plane and buy some cool souvenirs here before we continued on our way to Dutch Harbor.