Alaska Coastal Airlines
|Ceased operations||1968 (acquired by Alaska Airlines)|
|Destinations||Alaska, British Columbia.|
|Headquarters||Juneau, Alaska, United States|
|Key people||Sheldon Simmons, Alex Holden|
Alaska Coastal Airlines was an airline in the United States. It was formed in 1939 as a result of the merger of Alaska Air Transport and Marine Airways. On April 1, 1962 Alaska Coastal Airlines merged with Ellis Air Lines, trading for a while as Alaska Coastal-Ellis Airlines. Alaska Coastal Airlines was taken over by Alaska Airlines in April 1968.
Alaska Air Transport was formed by Sheldon Bruce "Shell" Simmons (October 8, 1908 – November 16, 1994) at Juneau in the summer of 1935 with one Stinson SM-2AC aircraft named Patco. Alaska Air Transport bought out Irving Airways in September 1936. Irving Airways had been started by Wilbur Irving at Juneau in the spring of 1936. Marine Airways was formed by Alex Holden, Jim Davis and M E Monagle in Juneau in July 1936. Holden bought a Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker NC196N in August 1936. In 1938, Simmons used Bellanca NC47M in the rescue of survivors of the Patterson, an oceangoing freighter which had run aground at Cape Fairweather, 150 miles northwest of Juneau. In 1939, Simmons and Holden joined forces, forming Alaskan Coastal Airways.
In 1945, Simmons went to Vancouver, BC, and purchased a Grumman G-21 Goose, formerly in the service of the Royal Canadian Air Force On one occasion in the late 1960s, a woman had a baby in flight between Gustavus and Juneau.
Angoon, Annette, Baranof, Cape Pole, Chatham, Craig, Duncan Canal, Edna Bay, Elfin Cove, Excursion Inlet, Funter, Gustavus, Haines, Hawk Inlet, Hollis, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Juneau, Kake, Kasaan, Ketchikan, Klawock, Pelican, Petersburg, Port Alexander, Port Armstrong, Point Baker, Port Walter, Rogers Point, Saginaw Bay, Sitka, Skagway, Steamboat Bay, Taku Lodge, Tenakee, Thorne Bay, Todd, Tokeen. Washington Bay, Wrangell.
- 1948 - Kingbird NC622V written off at Tulsequah, BC.
- November 14, 1952 - Vega NC49M destroyed by fire at Sitka.
- January 5, 1958 - Vega NC47M written off near Tanakee. Pilot killed, two passengers injured.
- January 20, 1964 - Goose N79914 accident at Petersburg.
- October 2, 1964 - Catalina N4936V written off at Otter Lake, flight attendant killed.
- August 21, 1966 - Goose N88820 written off near Juneau. Nine killed.
- August 30, 1967 - Goose N74588 accident at Prince Rupert, Canada.
- Aeronca PC-3 NC16250 bought new from Aeronca 1 May 36 and sold after two accidents in Juneau and subsequent repairs on 30 Sep 39 to Mary Joyce of Taku Lodge, cancelled in CAA records 4 Aug 48 after letter from Miss Joyce that it was unlikely to fly again (Source; FAA file for NC16250)
- Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker - one operated now preserved in the National Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
- Cessna 180
- Cessna 185D - one operated
- Convair 240-5 - one operated
- Consolidated PBY Catalina- five operated 
- Curtiss Kingbird D-3 - one operated
- Fairchild 24 - one operated
- Howard DGA[clarification needed]
- Grumman G-21 Goose - 24 operated including aircraft converted to turboprop power ("Turbo-Goose")
- Lockheed Vega - two operated
- Piper J-3C-65 Cub - one operated in 1948
- Stinson SM2A - one operated
- Waco [clarification needed]
- Cohen, Stan (1988). Flying Beats Work. The Story of Reeve Aleutian Airways. Missoula: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company. ISBN 0-933126-98-0.
- "Ellis Airlines Fleet". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25.
- Alaska Coastal Airlines timetables.
- library Shell's biography
- Findarticles.com N2763A history
- "Geocities". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25.
- General Aviation News[permanent dead link]
- DMAirfield.com Full history of NC49M
- NTSB Accident report Archived December 26, 2004, on Wayback Machine.
- <McBlah.com N4936V accident details
- Mcblah.com N4936V accident details
- NTSB Accident report Archived February 15, 2005, on Wayback Machine.
- Juneau Floatplane History Archived 19 January 2008 on Wayback Machine.
- Geocities Alaska Airlines Fleet List. Archived 2009-10-25.
- Geocities Alaska Coastal-Ellis Airlines Fleet article & photos. Archived 2009-10-25.
- xs4all.com Convair 240 production list.
- Ozairliners Complete history of N196N
- "none". Skyways: 15. July 1995.
- Widaguy Goose webpage
- "ACA Fleet". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25.
- Alaska.edu Photo of NC71097
- Airportdata.com history of N71097
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