The Arctic Fox: Bush Pilot of the North Country

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The true life story of Canadian Arctic bush pilot Don C. Braun is must reading for aviation fans, His fireside narrative plus 32 pages of photos capture the spirit and adventures of the first man to land a wheeled aircraft at the North Pole. Born on a farm near St. Cloud. Minnesota, in 1913, Don built and flew a glider as a teenager and then operated an aircraft repair shop at Harlem Airport in Chicago in the 1930s. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 and flew the North West Staging Route from Edmonton...
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The true life story of Canadian Arctic bush pilot Don C. Braun is must reading for aviation fans, His fireside narrative plus 32 pages of photos capture the spirit and adventures of the first man to land a wheeled aircraft at the North Pole. Born on a farm near St. Cloud. Minnesota, in 1913, Don built and flew a glider as a teenager and then operated an aircraft repair shop at Harlem Airport in Chicago in the 1930s. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 and flew the North West Staging Route from Edmonton to Alaska. His first bush flying was in an RCAF Norseman during the war years, and he went on to become one of the best known and most respected Canadian Arctic bush pilots of his time. He joined with Max Ward in getting Wardair off the ground as a small charter operation out of Yellowknife in the 1950s. While Max grew Wardair into one of the world's premier charter airlines, Don preferred the cockpit and the North. His stories of close calls and life in the North Country are laced with humor and total honesty. Don always spoke his mind, and this handsome book does no less. The Arctic Fox, as he was known in the North, was superbly resourceful, bailing himself out of tight situations almost daily in his days of High Arctic flying. A great pilot and an even better mechanic, Don shares details aviation fans will know and love. This is your book, pilots and all others who love flying.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595003297
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 580,782
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Three Days in an Igloo 1
2 The Glider 13
3 Setting Up Shop in Harlem 22
4 The War Years as a Royal Canadian Air Force Pilot 35
5 Snare River Bush Pilot 55
6 Retreat to the Farm, Return to the North 73
7 Life with Max in Yellowknife 85
8 Ice Roads in the Barren Lands 103
9 Back in the Igloo 117
10 High Arctic Flights 128
11 The Bristol Freighter 145
12 The North Pole Landing, 1967 165
13 Return to the Pole, 1969 184
14 The Arctic Fox 201
15 Fire-Bombing and Other Crazy Stunts 204
16 Many Searches, Few Rescues 212
17 Time to Call It Quits 223
18 Just One More Flight 230
19 Final Log Entry: A Personal Reflection 243
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