The World’s largest seaplane base

Published: 01st April 2008
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Lake Spenard which is combined with Lake Hood through a number of waterways and canals is taken together it forms the world's largest floatplane landing site. Indeed it is a haven for plane-spotters who want to relax on the banks of the beautiful Lake and watch the regular takeoffs and landings of seaplanes.

The shoreline has several flight seeing, hunting and fly-in fishing companies. A large grass covered area on the south side of Lake Spenard offers wooden picnic benches and views of almost non-stop takeoffs and landings, in summer. A word to the wise, don't sit downwind or you will be soaked by the spray put off by the planes. Next to the picnic area is the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum houses exhibits that depict the history of flight in America. The state's unique aviation history is presented here with 25 vintage aircraft, seven of which have been completely restored. A theater, an observation deck along Lake Hood, and a gift shop. Highlights include a historic Fairchild American Pilgrim and a Stearman C2B, the first plane to land on Mt. McKinley, back in the early 1930s. Volunteers are working to restore many of the planes and are eager to talk shop.

The Lake Hood seaplane base as mentioned earlier is the world's largest facility of its kind. It is located 5 km southwest of the Central Business District of the city of Anchorage. Operating continuously and open to the public, Lake Hood is the world's busiest seaplane base, handling an average of 190 flights per day.

Given the fact that Lake Hood is a busy seaplane base and the pristine beauty of the Alaskan countryside, the area attracts business as well as leisure travelers. A hotel in Anchorage is usually the best place for tourists who wish to explore the wild life of Alaska. However for business travelers a select few hotels in Anchorage Alaska provide the infrastructure needed such as conference and communication facilities.

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