Arctic Bush Pilot: From Navy Combat to Flying Alaska's Northern Wilderness : a Memoir
Backed by Wien Airlines, former Navy combat pilot "Andy" Anderson pioneered post-World War II bush service to Alaska's vast Koyokuk River region serving miners, Natives, sportsmen, geologists, adventurers, and assorted bush rats.
He flew mining equipment, gold, live wolves and sled dogs, you name it -- anything needed for life in the bush. He sweated out dozens of dangerous medical-emergency flights, "always at night and in terrible storms."
Illustrated with 50 historical photos and co-authored by one of Alaska's most popular writers, ARCTIC BUSH PILOT is an exciting and sometimes nostalgic account of a pioneer pilot and his special place in Alaska aviation history.
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A great look at the early age of bush pilot adventures in Alaska. "Andy" Anderson was one of the pilots who really opened up areas previously only served by river boats & sled teams, back when it took ... Read full review
Fascinating read for anyone interested in Alaska. My late Father, Nat Browne (1895-1979) was honored as being among the "First 100 Bushpilots" during the 1967 Alaska Centennial celebration in Anchorfage. He flew out of Valdez, Fairbanks, Anchorage, McGrath, Saint Lawrence Island, and Bethel. He stopped flying commercially in 1954, operating a gold mine 20 miles east of Goodnews Bay between 1955 and 1958. The bush planes shown in the book are all very familiar to me, as were some of the names mentioned, so the book resonated in my memory. Mr. Anderson and Mr. Rearden's prose is as clear as a trout stream on a summer day. -- Mike Browne, Sacramento, CA.