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Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North

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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 Yello
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ebook, 224 pages
Published September 10th 2014 by Dundurn (first published January 1st 2014)
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Elinor
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 aviati ...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 Edmonton, England, Wyoming, and the Yukon.

I now make Southwest Houston, TX my home. When I'm not researching and writing, I spend my tim
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