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By Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth

This attention-grabbing account of the advance of aviation in Alaska examines the bold missions of pilots who at first 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 on the earth, setting out and touchdown on glaciers, mudflats, and lively volcanoes. even if they have been regularly 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, international degree; the government backed aviation�s progress within the territory as a part of the chilly conflict safety 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 used to be downplayed so as 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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