Airport namesake returns to Petersburg


Chris Basinger / Petersburg Pilot

Jim Johnson stands next to a sign welcoming him back to Petersburg on Monday.

Millions of people across the United States spend the Fourth of July visiting family and friends, but few who make a holiday homecoming can say they landed at an airport named after them.

Jim Johnson, an Alaskan aviation legend who grew up in Petersburg, returned home on Alaska Airlines Flight 64 on Monday.

He was greeted at the gate by his family along with a banner from Alaska Airlines.

"We came over for the Fourth of July parade and to see all our friends and we're looking forward to it," Johnson said outside the airport bearing his name.

Johnson served with Alaska Airlines for 42 years,...

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