Alaska's Bush Planes

Alaska's Bush Planes

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Overview

The passion for flight has seized Alaska flyers—and those who yearn to fly to the Last Frontier—since 1913, when the first biplane arrived in crates via steamship and paddle-wheeler. In the decades to follow, Alaska’s skies buzzed with aircraft—some brand-new, others patched together, and still others lovingly restored to their original beauty. Alaska’s Bush Planes offers a brief history of flight in Alaska, then transports the reader on a visual journey with favorite aircraft, some of which have served for decades. It’s a perfect book for the pilot—or the pilot wannabe—who dreams of flying in the Northland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882409542
Publisher: West Margin Press
Publication date: 04/18/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Ned Rozell has walked, skied, driven, and flown across Alaska, and he's lived there more than half his life, so it must be home. He's written more than 700 weekly newspaper columns about natural history and science, and has written 80 more for Alaska Magazine. He has three Alaska-related books and counting; Walking My Dog, Jane, is about that hike across Alaska with a dog that won't come along again. His latest work is Alaska Tracks; Footprints in the Big Country from Ambler to Attu.
Harmon "Bud" Helmericks was an Arctic explorer, bush pilot and author best known for writing The Last of the Bush Pilots. As one of Alaska's most famous bush pilots, Bud holds the Award of Merit, Territory of Alaska, for "Special Service in the Arctic Regions." He couldn't tell you exactly how many Alaska flight hours he had, because he tired of adding up his flight hours after logging more than 27,000 hours. He crossed thousands of miles of mostly uninhabited wilderness in small Cessnas on wheels, skis or pontoons. Bud is coauthor and author of several books that are now deemed collectible, among them We Live in the Arctic, We Live in Alaska, The Flight of the Arctic Tern, and The Last of the Bush Pilots.

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Floats are a favorite landing gear in Southeast, where rugged coastline and hills limit the availability of airstrips. Pilots in Southeast encounter some of the cloudiest weather in Alaska outside the Aleutians, and floats enable ocean landings in times of trouble or as a routine method of hoping from town to town. “Pilots landing on the region’s many glaciers prefer wheel/skis, which enable travel from downtown Juneau to the magnificent ice fields nearby in minutes. The mountains of the Saint Elias, Fairweather, and Coast ranges often discourage flights inland because of the clouds stacked around them.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Those Who Flew Introduction: Frontier Flight in the 21st Century The Interior: A Silencing Cold Southeast: Land of Mountains and Waterways Southcentral: Gateway to the Bush The Arctic: Above the Dazzling White Western Alaska: Soaring O’er the Delta

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