Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska in 1954, Lars Opland has rarely been beyond the sound of aircraft engines. His earliest memory is a view of the Anchorage rail yards down the aluminum wing of a banking airliner, with thin clouds passing by in the 'foreground'. Lars says "My mother identifies this with a flight from Cordova to Anchorage in a DC-3 when I was 3."
Fly-in fishing trips with his father, 4 years in the Coast Guard and several jobs in isolated locations around Alaska have provided Lars experiences as a passenger in a wide assortment of flying machines from Cessnas and Widgeons to a Sikorsky helicopter, C-130's and jumbo jets.
Never a licensed pilot, Lars' interest in aviation has been from a historical perspective and model airplanes have been his life-long hobby, finally evolving into a business venture, Khee-Kha Art Products, Khee-Kha Art Products, kitting the overlooked bush planes of the Golden Age of flying.