Saga of an Aviation Survivor

Saga of an Aviation Survivor

by Howard John Hunt
Saga of an Aviation Survivor

Saga of an Aviation Survivor

by Howard John Hunt


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World War II pilot who became an Alaska aviation pioneer.

Hunt was a dynamic "can do" man with determination, intention, and perseverance. From the cornfields of Iowa to the wilds of Alaska, he lived his life to the fullest.

Military Career

  • Hunt became an Army Air Corp pilot during World War II.
  • He flew every kind of plane in the army's inventory including the Memphis Belle B-17
  • He flew around the world as a ferry pilot
  • Pilot in the Lend-Lease Program

After the War

  • Established a new non-scheduled airline in Alaska
  • Testified before a United States Senate Select Committee on Small Business
  • Salvaged a DC-4 off the ice in Hudson Bay, Canada
  • Homesteaded and gold mined in Alaska
  • Bush pilot
  • Restored and flew retired warbirds


Hunt received many honors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alaska Aviation Museum Hall of Fame. The Alaska Wing of the Commemorative Air Force was named The Colonel Howard "Mike" Hunt Alaska Wing in his honor.

What readers are saying:

  • A well-written and beautiful tale with vivid recollections, pictures, and gripping life moments. Howard John Hunt's life was remarkable and I am honored to read his autobiography. - NetGalleyReviewer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888215847
Publisher: Fathom Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/16/2022
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Howard John "Mike" Hunt, (1922-2019) was an Alaskan pioneer who came to Alaska in 1949 to establish a new airline - Air Transport Associates. Hunt's love of flying took him all around the world. He was a ferry pilot in World War II with the Army Air Corps, flying every type of plane the army had in its inventory including the B-17, "Memphis Belle." Hunt was invited and attended the 2018 Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Ceremony celebrating the restoration of the Memphis Belle. He was the last known surviving pilot to have flown the Belle on a ten-day bond drive from Spokane, Washington to Tampa, Florida at the end of World War II.Hunt and his family homesteaded forty acres in Anchorage, Alaska. He was an avid sportsman and prospector.Airplanes, especially warbirds, were his passion. He helped finance the restoration of three warbirds and eventually donated them to the Alaska Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). These warbirds are hangared in Anchorage and are flown at airshows around Alaska.
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