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Author Name:    WHEELER, Wiliam J. (ed.)

Title:   Skippers of the Sky : The Early Years of Bush Flying. First Printing in dustjacket

Publisher:    Fifth House Publishers, Calgary, 2000, ISBN:1894004450 

Seller ID:   111547

WHEELER, William J. (ed.). Skippers of the Sky : The Early Years of Bush Flying. Selected and edited by William J. Wheeler of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. (Calgary) : Fifth House Publishers, (2000). First Printing. Pp (6),1-248,(2). Illustrated. Index. 8vo, cream cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "Bush pilots and their engineers are a hardy crew, willing to run risks and embrace adventure as they deliver supplies and maintain access toremote northern communities. Since 1919, these colourful characters have d ominated the northern skies, braving the elements with resourcefulness and determination. Editor William J. Wheeler of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society has assembled a fascinating collection of first-hand adventures from these aviation pioneers. The stories span the early charting flights ofthe 1920s to more recent fire-fighting and delivery flights, each one disp laying a special ingenuity and courage characteristic of early bush fliers.Skippers of the Sky blends history and adventure in a fiting tribute to Ca nada's early aviation heroes." (from the dj). Contents : Foreword (by Robert W. Bradford). This book is about bush flying (by William J. Wheeler). Theearliest days of bush flying (by Colin S. (Jack) Caldwell). Flying on civi l operations with the prewar RCAF (by J.D. (Jack) Hunter). A pilot's wife (by Lucille Burton). Fly anywhere (by H.M. (Bert) Phillips). West coast fisheries patrol (by C.G. (Gord) Ballentine). A bit of a dog! (by Jim Taylor). The clipped-wing Anson episode (by T.P. (Tommy) Fox). Hudson Bay on skis and floats (by Geoffrey (Jeff) Wyborn). Lightnings over the Yukon (by Robert H. (Bob) Fowler). Canso aerial mineral surveys (by John ("Smitty") Smith). Bush flying summers (by A.B. (Art) Wahlroth). Water bombing : a demanding job (by Robert S. (Bob) Grant). A brief chronology of bush flying in Canada.Glossary. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 20.00


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