Cheechako on Wings

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Trafford Publishing, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 248 pages
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This is a biographical and sometimes whimsical account of the experiences of a young student pilot, in the developing territory of Alaska. At a time when WWII was over, and flying in Alaska was just beginning to come into its own, every flight was an adventure. The author was privileged to become acquainted with some of the bush pilots who, as the years went by, became famous for pioneering the air routes from Bristol Bay to Umiat.

The story is being told fifty years after the events took place, and is illustrated with many historical photographs of people and places as they were in that slice of time. Many of the chapters are developed from personal pilot flight log book entries, and they describe the life and people, as Alaska was entering into the modern age of aviation.

The art of Arctic flying is gained through painful experience, and this account describes the misadventures and mistakes which the author was lucky enough to survive, and is detailed enough to be instructive and, hopefully, useful to inexperienced pilots who might fly in that great North country someday.

 

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Contents

ILLUSTRATIONS
11
CHEECHAKO ON WINGS
14
ALASKA BOUND
16
GAS TANK REPAIR
28
WHISKEY TRIP
34
DILLINGHAM POND
37
TWO HOTELS
39
FRANK WASKEY
42
BETTLES
108
BETTLES FIELD
118
TRADING POST
128
BIG CHARLIE
135
SNOW SHOEING RUNWAY
138
CROUDERS NEW PLANE
140
CROUDERS BIRTHDAY
144
STEVENS VILLAGE
147

BROWN BEAR LODGE
43
FIRST PASSENGER
47
HANGAR FIRE
50
REVERSE AIRSCOOPS
51
BILL HAMMERSLY
54
MIRAGE
61
RECOVERING DC3
63
SKINNERS SALTED NUTS
65
VOYAGER CRASH
68
JOHN WALATKA
71
NORTHERN FLYING
78
CHRISTMAS TREE
83
VACATION TRIP
86
SIX WEEKS VACATION
89
RETURN TO ALASKA
92
GOOSE HUNTING
102
CONTROLLER ORIENTATION
105
FRANK THEISEN
150
SLATE CREEK
157
SKY PILOT Itinerant Preacher
160
FRED TERRELL
163
MILLIE EVANS
167
POTLATCH Fur Rendezvous
170
MANLEY HOT SPRINGS
181
GOLD BENCH
185
Alaska Road Map
191
WISEMAN
192
WOLF HUNT
195
ONE CARTRIDGE
199
CABIN FEVER
203
FAREWELL
209
ALASKAN SUNSET IN VERMONT
213
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