A little Bushwheel background. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say. In the case of the now venerable Bushwheel, it was necessity coupled with that nagging itch to get out there beyond the airport, airstrip, or tame patch of cut grass where backcountry flying really begins. First came the oversized balloon tires made in the off season by aviation tinkerers like Weldy Phillips, and then a slew of under-the-radar lookalikes in the '70s, '80s, and 90's that did the job albeit not too safely. That's what the original inventors of Alaskan Bushwheels sought to bring to the bush flying community: A tested and approved bush tire that gets pilots out into the wilds and back again safely.
Several years later and the brand includes two variants, the lightweight Airstreak and trusty Bushwheel. The brand is also "Alaskan" in a real sense. In 2014 Airframes Alaska bought the company and moved all manufacturing from Oregon back home to the 49th state.
Heard of Alaskan Bushwheels, but don't know what they're all about? Check out these articles to learn more about Alaskan Bushwheels and the type of backcountry flying they make possible: