From Navy Combat to Flying Alaska's Northern Wilderness: A Memoir
Backed by Wien Airlines, former Navy combat pilot "Andy" Anderson pioneered post-World War II bush service to Alaska's vast Koyokuk River region serving miners, Natives, sportsmen, geologists, adventurers, and assorted bush rats. He flew mining equipment, gold, live wolves and sled dogs, you name it -- anything needed for life in the bush. He sweated out dozens of dangerous medical-emergency flights, "always at night and in terrible storms."
"I've never read a book that so skillfully puts the reader into a bush pilot's head and so compellingly captures the drama, adventure, and misadventure of Arctic flying."
--Cliff Cernick, Flyer magazine
"I'd have died of pneumonia one winter if Andy Anderson hadn't flown me from Huslia to the Tanana Hospital in rotten weather."
--Sidney Huntington, Galena, Alaska
"There are both amusing and heartbreaking anecdotes, and never a dull moment. This book captures the essence of Alaska and the reader's imagination. This is recommended reading material for all aviation enthusiasts--especially for those who dream of experiencing the challenges of a bush pilot."
--Judy Whitson, Private Pilot magazine
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: A 50-year resident of Alaska, Jim Rearden has written 17 books and more than 500 magazine articles, mostly about Alaska. He was named Alaska's Historian of the Year in 1999. He lives in Soldotna, Alaska. James "Andy" Anderson retired to Pennsylvania before his death in 2007.