Plane painting celebrates Alaska's culture

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Specially painted planes are nothing new, but one from Alaska Airlines deserves special mention.

Hanna Hamberg, a 16-year-old high school junior from Sitka, was named the winner in a statewide "Paint the Plane" competition for kids from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The contest, created to mark Alaska's 50th anniversary of statehood in 2009, was sponsored by Alaska Airlines; the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission; the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development; and Disneyland Resorts.

Hamberg's winning design, which will adorn an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-400, is a play on the musher and sled dog, with all but one "dog" replaced by Alaska icons, including a bear, a humpback whale, a native boat and a ferry.

Above her design are the words: "We're all pulling together." 

Hamberg, along with a dozen other finalists, also received a trip to Disneyland that includes roundtrip airfare, accommodations and tickets to the park for four people.

To see the wining design and those of all the finalists, visit www.painttheplane.com.

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