Josh Carlstrom, who grew up and learned to fly in Fairbanks, has become one of the youngest 737 copilots for Alaska Airlines.
Josh, 26, took his first flying lessons at Fairbanks International Airport with the late Tim Sander as his instructor and he made his first solo flight here nine years ago.
A West Valley High School Class of 2004 graduate, he attended Utah State and spent summers working in Fairbanks as a waiter at the Princess Hotel. He took visitors he met on informal sightseeing flights during the evenings and worked as a ramp agent for Alaska Airlines during one summer.
After completing college a year early, he landed his first airline job with Great Lakes Aviation, flying the Brasilia and the Beechcraft B1900 in Colorado and the Southwest, becoming a captain at 23.
In 2010 he worked for a West African company, and made regular flights to Timbuktu, according to his dad, Dave Carlstrom.
His next job was as a copilot with Horizon Air, flying the twin engine Q-400 turboprop for a year-and-a-half. Josh will be based in Anchorage with Alaska Airlines and expects to be making regular stops in Fairbanks before long, Dave said.