This book celebrates, with vivid color photography, the airlines and aircraft that transport travelers to, from, and within the Orient. From the long-haul giants that traverse the Himalayan heights and vast Pacific Ocean to busy commuter regional jets, these aircraft allow millions to explore Eastern lands that were once remote and mysterious.
A full color look at a wide range of the biggest jetliners flying today. Included are the DC-10, Boeing 747 and MD-80. All are seeing action at O'Hare, Atlanta, LAX, La Guardia and other major airports throughout the US.
Polar Winds traces a century of northern flight from balloonatics to bush pilots and beyond.
"They were all gamblers and fortune seekers. They did things on their own were independent people who wanted to be free to roam. They were good people, but, of course, some were loners or escapists. They all depended strictly on their wits."
Joe McBryan, pilot and owner of Yellowknife-based Buffalo Airways, was talking about gold prospectors in the 1940s when he said this, but he could just as easily have been describing the aviators who have flown northern skies for over a hundred years. They were adventurers and pioneers, but also just men and women doing what was required to make a living north of the sixtieth parallel.
Polar Winds uses the stories of these pilots and others to explore the greater history of air travel in the North, from the Klondike Gold Rush through to the end of the twentieth century. It encompasses everything from exploration flights to the North Pole in airships to passenger travel in jet liners; flying school buses for residential schools to indigenous pilots performing mercy flights; and from the harrowing crashes to the routine supply runs that make up daily life in the North. Above all, it is a unique history told through the experiences of northerners on the ground and in the sky.
From the eccentric Fairey Battle to the lethal-looking CF-18, from modern airliners that have no defects (and no character) to the classic North Star (which had both), here is the ultimate line-up of the aircraft that have served Canadians in the last century. With over one hundred photographs of fifty historic planes, Wings Across Canada is a retrospective of Canadas aeronautical technology. This book does not compare the planes, nor claim that all are "classics" in the traditional sense of the word. Instead, it is a celebration of a love affair with aircraft that all served a purpose in their own time.