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Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North

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"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
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Dundurn (first published January 1st 2014)
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Elinor
Nov 18, 2014 Elinor rated it it was amazing
If you have even a passing interest in Canadian history or aviation, you will love this book by former Canadian Aviation Historical Society president Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail of Edmonton. It is absolutely jam-packed with information about the wild and crazy exploits of early flyers in Canada's north.

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 earl
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Crystal Sissons
Mar 08, 2015 Crystal Sissons rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aviation-books
Polar Winds is an exciting flight through the history of polar aviation. Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail let's the reader ride co-pilot with her as she flies through the grand skyscape of Canadian polar aviation history from the late 1800s to the 21st century. The narrative is rich and exciting, skimming across barren landscape, diving through canyons, and forging through mists and sudden storms.

As the flight plan progresses the evolution of aviation from balooning to bush planes to modern airliners
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Vontel
Mar 01, 2015 Vontel rated it really liked it
This is another good book which adds pieces to mainly Canadian history (but other countries, particularly those with polar territories and connections). There is the excellent, and less frequent, focus on the northern half of the country(north of 60). This is an essential part of the exploration and development that ensued because of the arrival of flight in the north, and its' subsequent growth over the past century. I didn't read all the details, as those with a more intense interest in ...more
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I grew up in Ottawa in a bilingual (French and English) family obsessed with writing, communication, social justice - and airplanes. Since then I've gotten history degrees from McGill (Montreal) and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and spent time in England, Wyoming, the Yukon.

I just wrapped up my tenure as Edmonton, Alberta's Historian Laureate and now make Southwest Houston, TX my
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