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The Adventures of Russel Merrill, Pioneer Alaskan Aviator|
Trained as a pilot during World War I, Russel Merrill was determined to spend his life flying. His love of flight lured him from Oregon to Alaska, the far frontier of aviation, where Merrill piloted the first airplanes to fly into Petersburg, Wrangell, Kodiak, and Anchorage. FLYING COLD chronicles Merrill's daring 750-mile journey across the Gulf of Alaska in a flying boat with a single small motor, his first rescue mission by air, crash landings, and strandings. In 1928, Merrill nearly died after being forced down in the Arctic, showing up weeks later, half dead, but still carrying a cup of rice he had saved for an "emergency."
"Flying over uncharted mountain ranges, large bodies of water, and vast expanses of tundra, Russel Merrill was the space astronaut of his day . . . he brought aviation to Anchorage the same year Charles Lindberg flew the Atlantic."
--Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert Merrill MacLean is a former naval aviator who retired from the sailmaking business in 1994. He lives in Bellevue, Washington. Sean Rossiter is the author of four books about aviation. He lives in Vancouver, B.C.