An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Blue Box (Bishop Gordon’s Airplane in Alaska)

In 1952 the United Thank Offering appropriated money to purchase a Cessna 170 airplane for Bishop William Gordon of Alaska. The plane was named after the “blue box” that the women used to raise funds for their projects. A replica of a “blue box” was painted on the plane. A year later, a second plane, a Cessna 180 (Blue Box II) was secured for the bishop after Blue Box I developed mechanical problems.

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