Flying in the Alaskan wilderness is an entirely different skill set than the way most pilots are trained; flying to and from remote gravel bars on wheels, streams and lakes on floats, and ski operations in deep snow and horrific weather. Many times I thought I would not make it, flying overloaded airplanes with the doors removed, external loads strapped to the floats, no navigational aids and totally alone in a vast wilderness with only my skills and determination to get me home.
After logging 4,000 flight hours, and flying sometimes 16 hours a day, I actually became as one with the airplane. Controlling the airplane was like scratching an itch, totally unconscious control inputs... I was the airplane. It took many hours, more than a few mishaps, and a lot of luck to reach this skill level.
The stories in this book are recalled from reviewing the pages of my pilot's log book. Some of the stories were sad, some were funny, and some were really scary. Some flights were truly beautiful, as can only be experienced in the pristine Alaskan outback.
I lived the adventure most people only dream about, and survived it to tell my tales...
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Flying the Alcan
Chapter 2 - Little Yellow Airplane
Chapter 3 - SKIS
Chapter 4 - The Lake
Chapter 5 - The Bear Hunt
Chapter 6 - Kennecott Glacier Lodge
Chapter 7 - Johnny Mathis
Chapter 8 - Williwaw
Chapter 9 - Big Red’s
Chapter 10 - Northern Lights
Chapter 11 - Stony River
Chapter 12 - Thin Ice
Chapter 13 - Whittier
Chapter 14 - Fred
Chapter 15 - Ferry flight to Fairbanks
Chapter 16 - Ketchum Air Service
Chapter 17 - The Beaver
Chapter 18 - The Widgeon
Chapter 19 - A Nasty Day
Chapter 20 - The Goat hunt
Chapter 21 - Fog and Glassy Water
Chapter 22 - Medivac
Chapter 23 - Open Ocean Landing
Chapter 24 - Leaving Sitka
About the Author