Amazing Flights and Flyers
We are offering this book for $17.00 (GST included) plus $6.00 shipping per copy in Canada.
The publisher's retail price is $19.95 plus GST (plus shipping if purchased online).
by Shirlee Smith Matheson (Frontenac House Ltd., Calgary, AB)
Paper, 286 pages, ISBN 978-1 897181-29-4 Index, glossary, maps, illustrations.
The author has kindly arranged with her publisher, Alpine Book Peddlers, for us to be able to sell her book at a discount as a fund-raiser for the CAHS.
Please place your orders by 6 December 2021 if you are concerned about having it delivered before Christmas.
Some tell of episodes that seem almost beyond human endurance: two mid-winter medical evacuation flights from the South Pole by the intrepid crew of Kenn Borek Air; the unflagging search and rescue programs by CASARA; the determination and ingenuity of aviation pioneers in the Maritime provinces; the tenacity and toughness of those who live in the Far North and never want to leave.
On the other side of the flying field are those who used flight as an opportunity for personal escapes or hijacking capers, or whose fates were suddenly decided by bad luck – engine failure, sudden weather changes, or chances taken with unfamiliar machines and terrain.
One episode in the book describes how Nazi submariners built automatic transmitters in Labrador to broadcast weather data for the Luftwaffe.
Flight can be a combination of thrills beyond compare – and sudden full stops. The stories in Amazing Flights and Flyers encapsulate nearly every human emotion and scenario, and range from the early days of the 20th century to the present. Not all the stories have happy endings – but they all are remarkable, and many are told here for the first time.