- Reeve Aleutian Airways
airline = Reeve Aleutian Airways
IATA = RV
ICAO = RVV
callsign = Reeve
March 24 1947
key_people = Robert C Reeve (founder & 1st President)
Richard D Reeve 2nd President.
Anchorage International Airport
Anchorage, Alaska, USA
fleet_size = 7 (in 1990)
Aleutian Islands, Seattle.
Reeve Aleutian Airways airline codes|RV|RVV|Reeve was an
airlinebased in the U.S. stateof Alaska. It ceased operations on December 5 2000. [http://www.aviationhalloffamewisconsin.com/inductees/reeve.htm Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame.] ]
"For the story of Bob Reeve before World War Two see that article."
s were for sale. Reeve bought his first DC-3, N19906, for $20,000 with $3,000 down and the balance payable over 3 years. The cost of conversion to civilian standard was quoted at $50,000 but Reeve did the work himself at a cost of $5,000.cite book | first = Stan| last = Cohen| authorlink = | coauthors = | year = 1988| month = | title = Flying Beats Work. The Story of Reeve Aleutian Airways| chapter = Chapter 5| editor = | others = | edition = | pages = | publisher = Pictorial Histories Publishing Company| location = Missoula, Montana| id = ISBN 0-933126-98-0| url = ]
A strike by sailors on
steamships operating between Seattleand Anchorage started on April 6 1946. Reeve, along with Merritt Boyle and Bill Borland began flying between Seattle and Anchorage, with stops at Juneau, Yakutator Annette Island. Each trip carried a full load of 21 passengers and took an average of 9½ hours. In 53 days, 26 round trips were made. Reeve would work all night on inspections and maintenance of the plane whilst at Spokane, and then fly back to Anchorage having had very little sleep. Reeve earned $93,000 from this activity, enough to pay for the DC-3 and buy three more.
NC14994 to replace the DC-3, which subsequently repaired and eventually sold to Los Angeles Air Service
On March 24 1947, "Reeve Aleutian Airways" was incorporated. The company was running scheduled and charter services all over Alaska, despite not having a formal CAA certificate. About this time, Reeve was ordered to get authorisation to use the wartime Chain bases he was using. Reeve flew to Washington and leased
Dutch Harborfield and acquired landing permits for Kodiak, Adak and Attu. Electra NC14994 was traded in during 1947, going to Continental Airlines.
N95468 was also purchased.
also needed the base on its run to the Orient. Reeve and Croil Hunter (President of Northwest) flew to Washington to plead their case without success, but on their way back to the hotel, Reeve met Major General Sam Anderson, who had served with Reeve's brother Richard, and explained their predicament with the result that the military were persuaded to pronounce the field "militarily desirable" and thus Shemya was saved.
S-43 N15062 was purchased in March 1950. In late 1950, the bank was reluctant to loan Reeve any more capital. Reeve flew to
Seattlein an effort to get a loan, but was turned down. He ran into Elmer Rasmusson, an Anchorage banker whilst in Seattle, with the result that Rasmusson loaned him $125,000 to get going again. On the day he got the loan, Reeve heard that Pacific Airmotive, who were doing his maintenance, were going out of business in Alaska. Reeve flew back to Anchorage and bought the business, which was renamed "Reeve Airmotive".
In 1952, the new
Anchorage International Airportopened and all the other airlines moved there. The CAA was going to close Merrill Field, but it was retained for use by "Reeve Aleutian" and private operators. in 1953, final military deactivation of the Aleutian airfields occurred. Reeve obtained leases on Shemya and Cold Bay. Shemya closed in 1954 and all flights were switched to Cold Bay. In January 1957, DC-3 N49363 was sold to Twentieth Century Aircraft. During the 1950s, St. George and Chernofskiwere served by airdrop, Reeve installing salvaged bomb releases in his DC-3s to enable this.
was served as required.cite book | first = Stan| last = Cohen| authorlink = | coauthors = | year = 1988| month = | title = Flying Beats Work. The Story of Reeve Aleutian Airways| chapter = Chapter 6| editor = | others = | edition = | pages = | publisher = Pictorial Histories Publishing Company| location = Missoula, Montana| id = ISBN 0-933126-98-0| url = ]
N5453E were purchased in 1965. C-46 N1651M was purchased in January 1966. C-46 N10012 was involved in an accident on February 17 1966 at Homer, Alaska. DC-3 N49319 was leased from Red Dodge Aviation from October 1967 to July 1968.
in 1972.cite book | first = Stan| last = Cohen| authorlink = | coauthors = | year = 1988| month = | title = Flying Beats Work. The Story of Reeve Aleutian Airways| chapter = Chapter 7| editor = | others = | edition = | pages = | publisher = Pictorial Histories Publishing Company| location = Missoula, Montana| id = ISBN 0-933126-98-0| url = ]
A was decided on and the first plane, N172RV was purchased new in 1972. In 1973, the Electra was certified by the CAA to land on gravel runways. YS-11 N173RV was puirchased new in that year.
On November 11 1974, there was a hangar fire at Anchorage, and two aircraft were lost - Electra N7140C and YS-11A N172RV. C-46 N1651M was sold to Fairbanks Air Service in 1974. YS-11 N171RV was purchased from
Toa Domestic Airlines(TDA) in January 1975. DC-3s N19906 and N75142 were sold to Northern Air Cargoin 1975. In April 1977, Gooses N4763C and N95468 were sold to Peninsula Airways, and their service subcontracted for services out of Cold Bay. These aircraft are believe to be still with PenAir. Electra N5525 was lease-purchased from Eastern Airlinesin July 1977 to replace the one lost in the fire. N5525 was traded in in December 1977. Electra N178RV was purchased from American Jet Industries in April 1978. DC-6Bs N65L and N7919C were sold to Northern Air Cargo in 1978, the latter aircraft in June of that year. [http://www.penair.com/about.html PenAir] website.]
In 1979, "Reeve Aleutian" started a service from Cold Bay to Seattle-Tacoma.This service lasted for three and a half years. During that time, only seven flights were cancelled due to weather and two due to mechanical reasons out of 458 scheduled flights. YS-11 N169RV was purchased from the
GabonGovernment in February 1980. DC-6A N6119C was sold to Northern Air Cargo in April 1980. C-46 N9852F was sold in 1980. C-46 N1822M was sold in 1981. YS-11A N172RV was involved in an accident on February 16 1982 at King Salmon, Alaska. it was returned to service. Electra N1968R suffered loss of No.4 propeller in-flight while enroute from Cold Bay to Seattle on June 8 1983. Piloted by Jim Gibson, it landed safely at Anchorage, Alaska. It too was repaired and returned to service. Electra N7135C was purchased from Zantop International Airlinesin September 1983 and withdrawn from service for use as a spares source, eventually being scrapped at Anchorage.
The jet age
to relieve the backlog.cite book | first = Stan| last = Cohen| authorlink = | coauthors = | year = 1988| month = | title = Flying Beats Work. The Story of Reeve Aleutian Airways| chapter = Chapter 8| editor = | others = | edition = | pages = | publisher = Pictorial Histories Publishing Company| location = Missoula, Montana| id = ISBN 0-933126-98-0| url = ]
The airline entered the 1990s on a relatively tight budget, with three aircraft mothballed and one leased out (as of 1988). YS-11A N169RV was sold to
Trinidadin February 1995. In August 1999, "Reeve Aleutian" entered into a code-share agreement with Alaska Airon the route between Seattle, Anchorange and Petrovpavlosk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. One of the Electras was sold in 1999. [http://www.interpool.com/tcl/cl_343.shtml Interpool] ] [http://www.airchive.com/SITE%20PAGES/VIN-UDVAR.html Airchive.com] ]
Late in 2000, "Reeve Aleutian" filed for Chapter 11 protection. Services ceased on December 5 2000 and about 250 people were declared redundant. Reasons given for the situation included increased competition and high fuel prices. At the end, only Electra N178RV and 727 N832RV were in service. N831RV being withdrawn from use at Anchorage. 727 N831RV was sold to
São Tomé and Príncipein March 2001, with N832RV following in June. YS-11A N171RV was sold to Mexicoin March 2002. [http://bankrupt.com/TCR_Public/001212.MBX Bankrupt.com] ] cite book | first = Tony|last = Pither|authorlink = | coauthors = | year = 2001| month = | title = Airline Fleets 2001| chapter = | editor = | others = | edition = | pages = p392| publisher = Air Britain (Historians) Ltd.| location = | id = ISBN 0 85130 296 3| url = ]
Several aircraft belonging to "Reeve Aleutian" were involved in accidents.cite book | first = Stan| last = Cohen| authorlink = | coauthors = | year = 1988| month = | title = Flying Beats Work. The Story of Reeve Aleutian Airways| chapter = | editor = | others = | edition = | pages = Aircraft List| publisher = Pictorial Histories Publishing Company| location = Missoula, Montana| id = ISBN 0-933126-98-0| url = ]
* late 1940s. DC-3 N46567 damaged in a take-off accident at Merrill Field, Anchorage.
* May 31 1958. Curtiss C-46 Commando N1302N written off at
Driftwood Bay, Alaska. [http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19580531-1 Aviation Safety Network] ]
* September 24 1958. DC-4 N63396 crashed on
Great Sitkin Island, Alaska, 16 killed. [http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19590924-1Aviation Safety Network] ] [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/freepdfviewer.aspx?
] Newspaper report of the crash]
* May 29 1965. DC-3 N91016 damaged beyond repair at
Nikolski, Alaska. [http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=75269&key=0 NTSB] ] [http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19650529-0 Aviation Safety Network] ]
* February 17 1966. Curtiss C-46 Commando N10012 accident at
Homer, Alaska, repaired and returned to service. [http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=71644&key=0 NTSB] ]
* February 10 1971. Curtiss C-46 Commando N10012 written off at
Nondalton, Alaska. [http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19710210-0 Aviation Safety Network] ]
* June 22 1972. Grumman Goose N1513V written off at
False Pass, Alaska. [http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=58216&key=0 NTSB] ] [https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=2645&key=0 NTSB] States 1970 as year!?]
* November 6 1974. Lockheed L-188 Electra N7140C destroyed by fire at Anchorage, Alaska. [http://www.geocities.com/alaskanheritage/REEVEFLEET.html Geocities] ] [http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19741106-0 Aviation Safety Network] ]
* November 6 1974. NAMC YS-11A N172RV destroyed by fire at Anchorage, Alaska.
* February 16 1982. NAMC YS-11A N169RV accident at
King Salmon, Alaska. [http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20020917X01911&key=1 NTSB] ]
* June 8 1983. Lockheed L-188 Electra N1968R accident at Anchorage, Alaska, repaired and returned to service. [http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001214X43286&key=1 NTSB] ]
"Reeve Aleutian Airways" served the following destinations.cite book | first = Stan| last = Cohen| authorlink = | coauthors = | year = 1988| month = | title = Flying Beats Work. The Story of Reeve Aleutian Airways| chapter = | editor = | others = | edition = | pages = | publisher = Pictorial Histories Publishing Company| location = Missoula, Montana| id = ISBN 0-933126-98-0| url = ] * Denotes air drop only.
;Scheduled.:"Adak Is."., "
AmchitkaIs"., "Anchorage", "Atka Is.", "Attu Is.", " Chernofski"*, " Cold Bay", " Dutch Harbor", "King Salmon", "Kodiak", " Port Heiden", " ShemyaIs"., "St. George Is.,"* "St. Paul Is.", " UmnakIs".,
Aniak, Aufeis, Awuna, Barrow, Beluga, Bethel, Bettles, Big Delta, Big Mountain, Cape Lisburne, Cape Newenham, Cape Romanzof, Cape Sarichef, Cathedral River, Clear, Coldfoot, Collinsville, Colorado Creek, Colville River, Cordova, Crow Creek, David River, Deadhorse, Deitrich Pass, Delta Junction, Dillingham, Drift River, Driftwood Bay, East Teshekpuk Lake, Eight Mile Lake, Eilson AFB, Fairbanks, Farewell, Flat, Fort Greely, Fort Richardson, Fort Yukon, Franklin Bluffs, Franks Cabin, Galbraith Lake, Galena, Gamble, Glacier Bay(Gustavus), Granite Mountain, Granite Point, GP-1, Happy Valley, Helmrick Strip, Herendeen Bay, Homer, Ice Island, Icy Bay, Iliamna, Ikpikpuk, Iniskin Bay, Ivotuk, Jade Mountain (Kobuk), Juneau, Kalakatek Creek, Kalubik Creek, Kenai, Ketchikan, King Cove, Kotzebue, Kulik, Lake Louise, Lake Minchumina, Lonley, McCarthy, McGrath, Minchumina, Nenana, Nikolski, Nome, Nondalton, Northeast Cape, Northway, Nyac, Ophir, Oliktok, Painter Creek, Pilot Point, Platinum, Pontilia Lake, Poorman, Port Barrow, Port Clarence, Port Moller, Pribilof Islands, Prospect Creek, Prudhoe Bay, Purkeypile, Rainy Pass, Red Devil, Roberta's Lake, Ruby, Sagwon, Sand Point, Sandy River, Sarichef-Scotch Cape, Savoonga, Sennett Point, Sitka, Sitkinak Is., Skwentna, Stephan Lake, Sleetmute, Soldotna, Sparrevohn, Soldotna, St. Mary's, Talkeetna, Tanalian Point (Port Alsworth), Tanana, Tatalina, Tin City, Trinity, Tunalik, Tungak, Tyonek, Ugashik, Umiat, Unalakleet, Ungalik, Utopia Creek (Indian Mountain), Valdez, Wainwright, Walakpa, West Forlands, Wide Bay, Wind River, Yakataga, Yakutat, Yakutat Bay.
The following aircraft served with "Reeve Aleutian".
Beechcraft D-50 "Twin Bonanza"
* N3758B Purchased January 1959, sold 1963.
* N831RV c/n 19093. Ex N498WC of Wien Air, purchased December 1983. Named "RCR".Sold to São Tomé and Príncipe in March 2001, became S9-BAP. [http://www.geocities.com/~aeromoe/fleets/reeve.html Geocities] ] [http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNumSQL.asp?NNumbertxt=831rv FAA] ] [http://pascal.brugier.free.fr/registre/txt/s9-aaa.txt Pascal Brugier] ]
* N832RV c/n 19098. Ex N496WC of Wien Air, purchased December 1983 Named "Tilly".. Sold to São Tomé and Príncipe in June 2001, became S9-BAQ. [http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNumSQL.asp?NNumbertxt=832rv FAA] ] [http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0287845/M/ Airliners.net] Photograph of aircraft.]
Curtiss C-46 Commando
* N1302N c/n 22479. Ex Cordova Airlines, purchased 1957. Written off at Driftwood Bay, Alaska, May 31 1958.
* N1651M c/n 22399. Purchased January 1966, sold to Fairbanks Air Service Inc., 1974.
* N1822M c/n 22521. Ex USAAF 44-78698. Purchased 1963. Sold 1981. cite book | first = Günther G| last = Endres| authorlink = | coauthors = | year = 1979| month = | title = World Airline Fleets, 1979| chapter = | editor = | others = | edition = | pages = p264| publisher = Airlife| location = Hounslow, Middx| id = ISBN 0905117 52 2| url = ]
* N4860V Leased from Interior Airways for a short period.
* N9852F c/n 26792. Ex USAAF 42-3659 and ex-
Boreas Corporation, purchased July 1958. Sold 1980.
* N10022 c/n 33271. Ex Cordova Airlines, purchased 1957. Accident February 1966 at Homer, Alaska (repaired). Written off February 10 1971 at Nondalton, Alaska.
* N2768A c/n 25980. Leased from
Red Dodge Aviationfor several months in 1965.
* N19906 c/n 4747. Ex 41-38644 USAF. Purchased January 1946, sold to Northern Air Cargo, 1975. [http://www.ruudleeuw.com/alcan03.htm Ruud Leeuw] History of aircraft]
* N46567 c/n 9825. Ex 42-23963 USAF. Purchased June 1946, accident at Merrill Field, Alaska. Sold to Los Angeles Air Service. [http://www.aerotransport.org/php/go.php?query=airframes&qstring=DC-3+msn+9825&where=t2.type_id%3D1220001+and+pl.cn%3D9825.00&orderby=1 Aerotransport] history of aircraft.]
* N49319 c/n 15231/26676. Leased from Red Dodge Aviation between October 1967 and July 1968.
* N49363 c/n 4556. Ex Arnold Air Service NC49363. Purchased 1948, sold to Twentieth Century Aircraft, January 1957.
* N75142 c/n 9173. Ex
Northern Consolidated Airlines. Purchased June 1965, sold to Northern Air Cargo, 1975.
* N91016 c/n 11853. Ex 42-92091 USAF. Purchased July 1946, damaged beyond repair at Nikolski, May 29 1965. [http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19650529-0%E2%8C%A9=fr NTSB] ] [http://www.aerotransport.org/php/go.php?luck=Y&query=airframes&qstring=DC-3+msn+11853&where=t2.type_id%3D1220001+and+pl.cn%3D11853.00&orderby=1 Aerotransport] history of aircraft]
* N41341 c/n 10395. Ex Boreas Corporation. Purchased 1959. Sold to Alaska Airlines, December 1962.
* N63396 c/n 10486. Ex Twentieth Century Aircraft. Purchased March 1957, crashed September 1958 at Great Sitkin Island, Alaska. [http://home.att.net/~jbaugher/1942_4.html 1942 USAAF] Full history of aircraft.]
* N91067 c/n 10295. Ex Boreas Corporation. Purchased October 1958, sold in 1965.
* N6119C c/n 45517. Ex
Alaska Airlines. Purchased January 1963, sold to Northern Air Cargo, April 1980.
* N65L c/n 45543. Ex SX-DAF and Alaska Airlines. Purchased January 1962, sold to Northern Air Cargo, 1978.
* N7919C c/n 43554. Ex PH-DFM. Purchased June 1965, sold to Northern Air Cargo, June 1978.
Grumman G-21 Goose
* N1513V c/n B-103. Leased from Interior Airways in 1957. Written off on June 22 1970 at False Pass, Alaska. [http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=2645&key=0 NTSB] ]
* N4763C c/n B-86. Ex USN Bu No 84791 and
Alaska Coastal Airlines. Purchased 1972, sold to Peninsula Airways, April 1977. [http://www.airliners.net/open.file?id=0161297 Airliners.net] Photo of N4763C]
* N95468 c/n 1140. Purchased 1948, sold to Peninsula Airways, April 1977.
Helio Courier H-250
* N5453E Purchased May 1965, sold c.1975.
Lockheed 10 Electra
* NC14994 c/n 1054. Traded in for Sikorsky S-43, 1947. Aircraft went to
Continental Airlines. [http://www.tighar.org/forum/Highlights61_80/highlights61.html Tighar] ] [http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac3/Airline/Continental%20Air%20Lines%20Lockheed%2010E%20Electra.html Ed Coates] Photo of aircraft]
Lockheed L-188 Electra
* N178RV c/n 2010. Ex N63AJ of American Jet Industries, purchased April 1978. Leased to Northwest Territorial Airways, September 1978. Leased out November 1986 - September 1988. Became N2RK, sold to
Atlantic Airlines, became G-LOFI (Titled "Reeve Illusion"). [http://www.ruudleeuw.com/uk03-cvt.htm Ruud Leeuw] Photograph of aircraft.]
* N1968R c/n 2007. Ex ZK-CLX of California Airmotive. Purchased February 1968. Leased out from November 1988. Sold to Air Spray for conversion to a fire bomber, becoming C-GHZI. [http://www.aussieairliners.org/electras/vh-ecc/vhecc.html Aussie Airliners] full history of aircraft.] [http://www.airliners.net/open.file?id=773339 Airliners.net] Photograph]
* N5525 c/n 1038. Ex
Eastern Airlines. Lease-purchased July 1977, traded to American Jet Industries Inc. for N178RV, December 1977.
* N7135C c/n 1046. Ex Zantop Airlines, purchased September 1983, withdrawn from service at Anchorage, Alaska, September 1983. Used as spares source and eventually scrapped. [http://1000aircraftphotos.com/Postcards/809.htm 1000 aircraft photos] Full history of aircraft]
* N7140C c/n 1118. Ex Western Airlines, purchased April 1972, destroyed by fire at Anchorage, Alaska, November 11 1974. [http://aviation-safety.net/photos/displayphoto.php?id=19741106-0&vnr=1&kind=PC Aviation Safety Network] black & white photo of aircraft]
* N9744C c/n 1140. Ex Western Airlines, purchased September 1970. [http://www.ruudleeuw.com/temp-steve_howru.htm Ruud Leeuw] Photo of aircraft at Coventry in 2003.]
* N169RV c/n 2169. Ex TR-KIB of Gabon Government, purchased February 1980. Sold to Trinidad, February 1995. [http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNumSQL.asp?NNumbertxt=169rv FAA] ]
* N171RV c/n 2071. Ex JA8713 of TDA Domestic, purchased January 1975. Sold to Mexico, March 2002. [http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNumSQL.asp?NNumbertxt=171rv FAA] ]
* N172RV c/n 2172. Ex JA8786, Purchased new 1972, destroyed by fire at Anchorage, Alaska, November 1974. [http://aviation-safety.net/photos/displayphoto.php?id=19741106-1&vnr=1&kind=PC Aviation Safety Network] photo of aircraft.]
* N173RV c/n 2173. Ex JA8789, Purchased new 1973.
* N15062 c/n4342. Purchased March 1950, Sold March 1958
* N53294 c/n4302. Purchased 1948, traded in for Grumman G-21 Goose, 1957. The forward
fuselageis at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, Lake Hood, Alaska. [http://www.ruudleeuw.com/alcan03-museum1.htm Ruud Leeuw] Photo of aircraft remains.]
*Blue and Red tail, with the lettering "RAA" in white. Blue fuselage with red
cheatlines, and the name "Reeve Aleutian" over the middle passenger windows, in white.
* [http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?album=8857&thumbnails=&page_limit=30&album_name=My+Photo+Album+Of+Reeves+Aleutian+Airways&album_creator=beaverlodge&disp_order=desc Gallery] of "Reeve Aleutian" aircraft photos, giving some history of aircraft shown.
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX8nLFyKJQE&feature=related Video] of a Reeve Aleutian Electra being de-iced and start-up
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