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June 20, 2023

Alaska Bush Flying Legend Lost in Cessna 180 Accident

Jim Tweto, Gone at 68

Alaska State Troopers reported on 17 June 2023 that noted bush pilot, television personality, aviation executive, and long-time Alaska resident Jim Tweto (68) lost his life in an as-of-yet poorly understood aircraft accident in the vicinity of Shaktoolik, Alaska—a coastal settlement of some 251 residents approximately 110-nautical-miles east-southeast of Nome.

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Rare Musical Composition Performed Under Spruce Goose

Of Airplanes on and Under the Roof

Recently, a rarely-performed hybrid work of music and avant-garde theater was performed at McMinnville, Oregon’s Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. The composition, titled One-Thousand Airplanes on the Roof, was written in the 1980s by composer Philip Glass and staged in the vast shadow of Howard Hughes’s colossal Hughes H-4 Hercules—better known throughout the wide world as the Spruce Goose.

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