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Over 800 residents took scheduled test rides on the Boeing Company's Aries jetfoil when it visited Petersburg and other Southeast communities in 1982. The Alaska Department of Transportation considered adding the $15 million craft to its fleet of mainline ferries, but declined to do so despite favorable public opinion. Hundreds of residents waited on harbor floats to board the jetfoil. Pilot file photos

July 21, 1982 - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and The Boeing Company have announced the schedule for the forthcoming free demonstration of the Boeing Jetfoil in eleven Southeast Alaska communities. The Jetfoil built by Boeing Marine Systems, is the boat that flies like an airplane on underwater “wings” or foils. The demonstration came about in response to legislation introduced in the recent legislative session by Sen. Bill Ray of Juneau. The $1.2 million project is designed to determine passenger acceptance and operational feasibility of the jetfoil in S...

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