The Alaska Cup roared into town yet again, and as always it proved to be a thriller! Emmerich Von Jaeger’s “Das Fliegende Schwein” crossed the finish line first, to take home the ribbon and the $1,000 prize. Competition was fierce among the dozens of pilots to compete, though the field was quickly narrowed down to the aces. The reigning champion and this year’s favorite, William “Birddog” Burdette, ended his run early in a cloud of black smoke due to apparent engine malfunction. Burdette was safely fished out of Cook Inlet with only mild hypothermia and some bumps and scrapes. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.
Ivan Nikitovitch, an ace from Russio-Alaska who ended the race in fourth place, caused a small scene when he leapt from his plane at the end of the race and took a swing at von Emmerich. “He is cheater, liar, and scoundrel,” Ivan was heard saying as he was dragged off by security. “I am best pilot in Alaska!”
An after party was held at the Gilded Rose, where several of the race pilots were found conversing with Anya Petrov, the owner. Petrov, who is also known locally as “The Contessa”, made a bold announcement after the race. “I am looking to expand out of the entertainment industry,” she claimed, stating that she wishes to start a privateer company. “Alaska has many enemies, and we cannot rely only on our Rangers to defend us.” A small selection of people have been added to the company at this time, but she is confident more will come when news of success begins to spread.