- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Dundurn (Sept. 27 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1459723791
- ISBN-13: 978-1459723795
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.9 x 25.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North Paperback – Sep 27 2014
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With Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail brings us an extraordinarily intimate, engaging and all-encompassing chronicle of Canadian flight north of the 60th parallel. Metcalfe-Chenail proves herself a remarkable historian and writer, weaving factual accounts with compelling stories of risk, heroism and adventure. Brimming with amazing archival photographs and gripping detail acquired through meticulous research and personal interviews, Polar Winds is a definitive and important addition to the canon of Canadian aviation history. An astonishing accomplishment. (Carol Shaben, bestselling author of Into the Abyss)
As Edmonton’s historian laureate, Metcalfe-Chenail has captured a rich heritage in great detail, and yet woven it all together in such an entertaining way that it’s hard to put Polar Winds down…it’s a wonderful read for anyone interested in aviation of Canada’s north. (Sherwood/Strathcona News)
Presented in a well written, well paced narrative that even non-aviation enthusiasts should find engaging and informative. (Yukon News)
This book not only tells the stories of the successes, failures, oddities, and tragedies of flying in the north, but [also] delves into the lives of the people and communities…captur[ing] the essence of northern flying. (COPA Flight)
Polar Winds misses nothing in the multifaceted field of aviation... this book has earned its place in the collection of every reader who not only enjoys aviation history but also wishes to learn more about history of our country and its people. (Arctic Magazine)
Offer[s] fascinating insights into an industry that has revolutionized many aspects of life in Canada.(Canadashistory.com)
About the Author
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is a historian, freelance writer, and the author of For the Love of Flying: The Story of Laurentian Air Services. She currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where she holds the position of Historian Laureate.
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Read this book you won't be disappointed.
The book begins with a description of the "balloonatics" -- guys who flew hot air balloons during the Klondike gold rush. Who knew? It then proceeds to describe pilots who flew biplanes in the early days, delivered mail, evacuated medical emergencies, flew aboriginal kids to and from residential schools, helped track down criminals (e.g. the Mad Trapper of Rat River), established RCAF air bases during World War Two, and flew paying passengers over the North Pole!
One of the most interesting chapters describes some spectacular accidents (remember Marten Hartwell, who ate the bodies of his deceased fellow passengers in order to survive?)
It also pays tribute to the first female flyers in the north, the first aboriginal flyers, and the pioneers who established the first northern commercial airlines.
It's 180 pages with some spectacular photographs. If you watch TV shows like Ice Pilots or Arctic Air, you will definitely enjoy this book.
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