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Burnaby NOW"...Part aviation history, part history of the North. Good to read where it is nice and warm."
-Annie Boulanger, Burnaby NOW
Terpening's beat stretched from Fort McMurray to the Arctic Ocean, and his remarkable ...
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Terpening's beat stretched from Fort McMurray to the Arctic Ocean, and his remarkable bush-flying stories tell of planes wandering lost over unmapped muskeg, perilous rescue missions to retrieve stranded missionaries, dogged searches for downed flyers lost on the Barrens and emergency landings in blizzards on nameless pothole lakes. But there is humour, too, in tales of a drunken wolverine, a planeload of rambunctious sled dogs and a trip in a tiny Fairchild with a Catholic priest and the wife of an Anglican minister. And there are vivid evocations of the sheer joy of flying over the Arctic's raw beauty.
Rex Terpening not only kept a meticulous journal from which these stories are derived, he carried his camera everywhere, snapping pictures of downed machines, their step-by-step resurrections, the men who flew them and those who fixed them. Most of those men and machines are gone now, but they live on in Bent Props and Blow Pots.
|Chapter 1||How we got from there to here||1|
|Chapter 2||Beyond the trapline--barely!||21|
|Chapter 3||And then there was one||49|
|Chapter 4||Workin' on the river||55|
|Chapter 5||They'll lie through their teeth||65|
|Chapter 6||A matter of visibility||85|
|Chapter 7||Eye to the keyhole, ear to the ground||97|
|Chapter 8||Pilgrim's Progress||117|
|Chapter 9||His engine's quit! He's down!||155|
|Chapter 10||There but for fortune go you or I||185|
|Chapter 11||Lost on the Barren Lands||199|
|Chapter 12||Search on the Barren Lands||219|
|Chapter 13||Orphans of the snows||245|
|Chapter 14||Journey to Paulatuk||273|
|Chapter 15||A mid-winter tale||303|
|Chapter 16||A change in flight plans||321|