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Merrill Field Cab going back into service

By Dave Leval 6:16 PM July 30, 2014

For decades, air controllers used the Merrill Field Control Tower Cab to help guide pilots in and out of Merrill Field. Soon, it will have a new use as a museum exhibit.

Crews continue working on the old Merrill Field Cab at the Alaska Aviation Museum. That is where air traffic controllers watched planes take off and land.

One unique feature of the two-story building is that you’ll be able to hear controllers talk with pilots at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Lake Hood Seaplane Base.

The museum wants to use the cab to help recruit people for a career as an air traffic controller.

“Think that kind of gets overlooked,” said the museum’s director, Shari Hart. “A lot of the excitement is all the pilots and the airplanes that fly by.”

The new exhibit opens in August. State and private grants paid for the $225,000 project.

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