By Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth
This attention-grabbing account of the improvement of aviation in Alaska examines the bold missions of pilots who before everything unfolded the territory for army positioning and later for alternate and tourism.
Early Alaskan army and bush pilots navigated many of the maximum and such a lot rugged terrain on the earth, setting out and touchdown on glaciers, mudflats, and lively volcanoes. even supposing they have been always portrayed via leaders and lawmakers alike as cowboys�and their planes in comparison to settlers� lined wagons�the fact used to be that aviation catapulted Alaska onto a latest, worldwide level; the government sponsored aviation�s development within the territory as a part of the chilly battle security opposed to the Soviet Union. via own tales, courses, and information bills, historian Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth uncovers the ways in which Alaska�s aviation progress used to be downplayed with a view 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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Alaska's Skyboys: Cowboy Pilots and the Myth of the Last Frontier by Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth