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Noel Wien: Alaska Pioneer Bush Pilot (Classic Reprint Series) Paperback – July 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Classic Reprint Series (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: University of Alaska Press; 1 edition (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188996316X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889963167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Wallace on March 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is one of my favorites. I am buying another as I have worn down the original paperback that I found in a used bookstore. The book follows the life of Noel Wien from his beginnings in rural Minnesota to his eventual ownership of the largest Airline in Alaska. If you are a pilot or if you are an aviation afficianado, this book will appeal to you. The stories are very readable and the writer does a great job of making them storylike. He ties Wien into Alaska's history, especially the early days of aviation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John R. Linnell on April 5, 2008
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I see that this is now out as a reprint and inasmuch as I just finished reading an original hardcover, I am glad to see it is being made available to keep alive the incredible story of Noel Wien and his pioneering of bush pilot flying in Alaska.

To those of us who fly in modern airplanes with marvelous instruments over well laid out air routes with accurate maps and GPS's, the stories of the exploits of Noel Wien and others in the early days of flying in Alaska read like fiction.

To begin with, Alaka is down right inhospitable to airplanes, especially airplanes in the 1920's. The hardships and problems of operating an open cockpit aircraft in that environment would be enough to discourage all but the most resolute and most talented pilots. Just living in Alaska in those times was only for the rugged and adventurous.

The author has told Wien's story in a most readable way which will leave you shaking your head at his experiences and difficulties, yet filled with admiration that there was a man so filled with the spirit of adventure, courage and talent that he stood head and shoulders over those that followed him, both as a pilot and a man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By From the coast of Maine on December 11, 2012
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If you are a pilot and/or have been to Alaska and have an appreciation for the challenging flying environment in this remote, wilderness, mountainous state, you will really enjoy this book. I have flown commercially with Noel's grandson, and the stories of his 'GrandDad' told in this book are amazing. He was one of the first 'bush pilots' to bring an aircraft, a Standard J1 by-plane, to Alaska and start flying it commercially. Noel learned the terrain, had a knack for predicting changes in weather, and was a skilled pilot who could land his plane at just above stall speed on the shortest 'airstrip', or oftentimes a streamside gravel bar. Not to mention the cold - draining the oil and coolant from the engine every evening and then draping a 'tent' over it in the morning, starting a kero heater to heat the fluids and engine block, replacing the heated oil and coolant and then prop starting the engine. Then there is the survival 'story within a story' about his hike out of a remote wilderness after a forced landing. But I shouldn't give too much away. You have to read this book! You won't be disappointed and will want to share it with others. COme to think of it, I can't remember who has MY copy now!
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