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Noel Wien: Alaska Pioneer Bush Pilot

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From his days as one of Alaska's earliest bush pilots through the years spent developing Wien Air Alaska with his brothers, Noel Wien built up a long list of firsts: he was first to fly commercially from Fairbanks to Nome and from Fairbanks to Seattle, first to fly from Anchorage to Fairbanks, first to fly and land beyond the Arctic Circle, and first to make a round-trip flight between Alaska and Asia.
 
Wien shared a vision to bring commercial aviation to the Far North, and he acted on it.  He had 538 hours of barnstorming and aerial circus stunt flying behind him when he arrived in Alaska in 1924.  At that time, Alaska's rugged terrain permitted little more than primitive means of communication and transportation.  There were no air charts and no radio communication.  Navigation depended solely on a pilot's use of natural features of checkpoints, but the innumerable rivers and mountains too easily could look identical.  Safe landing sites were scarce.  Wien embraced the challenge presented by these obstacles with courage tempered by his native caution - not to mention exceptional talent and a boundless love of flying.  Before long, supplies could be taken to settlements previously serviced only by dog sled and sick persons could be transported quickly to hospitals.
 
In this dramatic account of a flying hero, Pulitzer Prize winning author Ira Harkey describes Wien's experiences in an engaging style, and he establishes Wien's place in Alaska history.  In the process, Harkey makes a valuable contribution towards an understanding of the Alaska of the recent past and the people who lived there.
 
This commemorative edition marks the 75th anniversary of Noel Wien's arrival in Alaska as well as his pioneering flight between Anchorage and Fairbanks.  It includes additional photographs and an informative new foreword by Cole.
 
Noel Wien pursued his vision through decades of wild experiences in an unyielding land.  His aviation milestones brought the people of Alaska closer and helped open Alaska to the outside world.

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A legend among legendary pilots, Noel Wien first arrived in Alaska in 1924 with 538 hours of barnstorming and aerial circus stunt flying under his belt. Before air charts and radio communication, the navigation of Alaska's rugged terrain depended on solely on the use of natural features for check points. Wien embraced the challenge: he was first to fly from Fairbanks to Seattle, Fairbanks to Nome, and beyond the Arctic Circle, and was first to make a round-trip flight between Alaska and Asia. Pulitzer Prize winning author Ira Harkey chronicles Noel Wien's days as one of Alaska's earliest bush pilots through his years developing Wien Air Alaska.

About the Author

In 1963 Ira Harkey received a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished editorial writing and was Carnegie Visiting Professor at the University of Alaska in 1968 to 1969.  He is the author of The Smell of Burning Crosses (1967)

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Foreword

Preface

Part I

1. Wheels

2. Wings

3. Student

4. Solo

5. Barnstromer

6. Bondage

7. Homecoming

8. Circus

9. Westward

10. Hungry

Part II

11. Alaska

12. Anchorage

13. Plucky Airmen

14. Fairbanks

15. Bush

16. Outside

17. Arctic

18. Down Alone

19. Looking

20. Nome

 

Part III

21. Hiatus 1926

22. North Again

23. At the Arthurs

24. Courtship

25. Moose Ptarmigan

26. Winter

27. Blue Christmas

28. Vanished

29. Rescue

30. Smallpox

 

Part IV

31. Siberia

32. Search

33. Tragedy

34. Into the Thirties

35. Night Race

36. Tri-Motor

37. One-Eyed Pilot with a Limp

38. Our Baby Still

39. Since

 

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781889963167
Author:
Harkey, Ira
Author:
Cole, Terrence
Foreword by:
Cole, Terrence
Foreword:
Cole, Terrence
Publisher:
University of Alaska Press
Location:
Fairbanks, Alaska :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Aeronautics
Subject:
Alaska
Subject:
Alaska Description and travel.
Subject:
Bush pilots.
Subject:
Aviation - History
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Classic Reprint Series
Series Volume:
no. 7
Publication Date:
19990731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
black and white photos
Pages:
307
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , A legend among legendary pilots, Noel Wien first arrived in Alaska in 1924 with 538 hours of barnstorming and aerial circus stunt flying under his belt. Before air charts and radio communication, the navigation of Alaska's rugged terrain depended on solely on the use of natural features for check points. Wien embraced the challenge: he was first to fly from Fairbanks to Seattle, Fairbanks to Nome, and beyond the Arctic Circle, and was first to make a round-trip flight between Alaska and Asia. Pulitzer Prize winning author Ira Harkey chronicles Noel Wien's days as one of Alaska's earliest bush pilots through his years developing Wien Air Alaska.
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