Flying on Instinct: Canada's Bush Pilot Pioneers

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Nicknamed Snow Eagle, Bush Angel, Punch, Doc and Wop, they worked in open cockpits and flew through cold, snow and fog over the Barrens, boreal forests and mountain ranges without radio, maps or weather reports. Flying planes with names like Curtiss, Bellanca, de Havilland Fairchild, Junkers and Norseman, they landed on glaciers, muskeg, tundra and glassy lakes. Here are the incredible stories of the brave and enterprising bush pilots who rolled back the boundaries of western and northern Canada, delivering mail,...

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Nicknamed Snow Eagle, Bush Angel, Punch, Doc and Wop, they worked in open cockpits and flew through cold, snow and fog over the Barrens, boreal forests and mountain ranges without radio, maps or weather reports. Flying planes with names like Curtiss, Bellanca, de Havilland Fairchild, Junkers and Norseman, they landed on glaciers, muskeg, tundra and glassy lakes. Here are the incredible stories of the brave and enterprising bush pilots who rolled back the boundaries of western and northern Canada, delivering mail, medicine and all the supplies needed by frontier settlements. Climb into the cockpit with these pioneering pilots for an exciting trip into Canadian aviation history.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781927051849
  • Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 5

Chapter 1 Up and Away 8

Chapter 2 From War Birds to Wilderness Wings 18

Chapter 3 Winged Workhorses and Flying Canoes 33

Chapter 4 Airborne Exploration 43

Chapter 5 The Flying Knight of the Northland 56

Chapter 6 May, Mercy and a Manhunt 68

Chapter 7 From Bush Life to Corporate Life 79

Chapter 8 Tales from Mountain Valleys 93

Chapter 9 Women Take to the Skies 102

Chapter 10 Risky Rescues and Tragic Losses 110

Chapter 11 A Bird's-Eye View 122

Epilogue 133

Some Museums with Bush Plane Holdings 136

Selected Bibliography 137

Index 139

Acknowledgements 141

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