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Alaska's Skyboys: Cowboy Pilots and the Myth of the Last by Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth

By Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth

This attention-grabbing account of the advance of aviation in Alaska examines the bold missions of pilots who at the start unfolded the territory for army positioning and later for alternate and tourism.

Early Alaskan army and bush pilots navigated a few of the optimum and so much rugged terrain in the world, commencing and touchdown on glaciers, mudflats, and lively volcanoes. even though they have been always portrayed by means of leaders and lawmakers alike as cowboys�and their planes in comparison to settlers� lined wagons�the fact was once that aviation catapulted Alaska onto a latest, worldwide degree; the government sponsored aviation�s progress within the territory as a part of the chilly struggle safeguard opposed to the Soviet Union. via own tales, guides, and information bills, historian Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth uncovers the ways in which Alaska�s aviation progress was once downplayed for you to perpetuate the parable of the cowboy spirit and the need to tame what many thought of to be the final frontier.

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