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Discussion in 'The Book Club' started by colomtnflyer, Aug 7, 2007.
The Last of the Bush Pilots, by Harmon Helmericks
In circulation already, on its way to Richard.
Found a copy on the streets of Kansas City...
Is it good?
I thought it was going to say that "W" was the last of the Bush pilots.
Published in 1969. I wonder if the pilots who have flown the bush in the subsequent 50 years believe the guys in the book were the last of the bush pilots.
It should be called The First of the Bush Pilots...I’m halfway through and there’s a lot of ballsy “decision” making going on. i.e. “go for it” and ask for forgiveness later. It does a good job of developing and retelling the history of aviation in AK and specifically around the Brooks Range and in the arctic circle. It was definitely a simpler time. Having been written in the late 50s, Alaska has seen innumerable changes in access since. And I believe the title is relevant in that way, as there is discussion on how the airplane replaced dog sled teams and allowed for more exploration of its resources there after.
Helmericks had a daily journal he used to help write the book so much of it is from his direct perspective or retelling from old timers he knew in the interior.
Any who, I find it interesting and a great way to brush up on my studies of a detailed map of AK. I recommend it.
Find a copy of Glacier Pilot, the story of Bob Reeves. It's pretty good read about pioneering the Alaska bush flying scene.