Arctic Bush Pilot: From Navy Combat to Flying Alaska's Northern Wilderness

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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."

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Overview

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."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780945397830
  • Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 255
  • Sales rank: 1,500,017

Meet the Author

 A 50-year resident of Alaska, Jim Rearden has written 17 books and more than 500 magazine articles, mostly about Alaska. He was named Alaska's Historian of the Year in 1999. He lives in Soldotna, Alaska.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2001

    former student

    I have recently finished reading Jum's (Andy) summary of his flying experiences. Jim introduced me to flying in the mid 1980's. I had heard pieces of many of the stories presented in the book. Filling in the blanks of these stories was a great pleasure. Jim is the most honest, direct individual I have met. He handles crises as just another day at the office. His recollections of his experiences in Alaska are very consistent with the man I unintentionally offered many terrorizing moments in the pursuit of my flying license. Mr. Reardon has accurately captured Jim's understated heroism. I have been greatly rewarded from my relationship with Jim. The book brought back many memories and even provided answers to some lingering questions regarding his ability to remain calm and instructive, while I felt we were testing every limit of the airplane. The book is a very enjoyable read. You will feel better that there were real heroes and some still exist.

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