The Map of My Dead Pilots

The Map of My Dead Pilots

The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska

Book - 2012
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"Northern Exposure" meets "Air America" in this expose of the daily life and death insanity of commercial flying in Alaska "The Map of My Dead Pilots" is about flying, pilots, and Alaska--and, more specifically, about those pilots who take death-defying risks in the Last Frontier and sometimes pay the price. Colleen Mondor spent four years running dispatch operations for a Fairbanks-based commuter and charter airline--and she knows all too well the gap between the romance and reality of small plane piloting in the wildest territory of the United States. From overloaded aircraft to wings covered in ice, from flying sled dogs and dead bodies, piloting in Alaska is about living hard and working harder. What Mondor witnessed day to day would make anyone's hair stand on end. Ultimately, it is the pilots themselves--laced with ice and whiskey, death and camaraderie, silence and engine roar--who capture her imagination. In fine detail, Mondor reveals the technical side of flying, the history of Alaskan aviation, and a world that demands a close communion with extreme physical danger and emotional toughness. "The Map of My Dead Pilots" is an engrossing narrative whose gritty, no-holds-barred style is reminiscent of the works of Ken Kesey and Tim O'Brien.
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780762773619
Branch Call Number: 387.70922 MON
Characteristics: xii, 242 pages ;,23 cm

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