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Winging It! - Jack Jefford, Pioneer Alaskan Aviator

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Jack Jefford saw his first plane in 1916 at the age of six and he was hooked. By 1937 he was flying planes in Nome, Alaska and in three short years he became the Chief Pilot of the FAA. He daily faced the dangers of Alaska's skies, helped settle a frontier, and managed to survive long enough to share a lifetime of stories-delivering mail by plane, hunting coyotes, counting reindeer, transporting prisoners and congressmen, and rescuing the lost and injured, often at great risk to himself.

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Foreword by Carmen Jefford Fisher                             Page 11
Part 1: Riding the Grub Line                                   Pages 15 - 58
    Becoming a Pilot, The Voice from the Sky,
    Riding the Grub Line, Barnstorming,
    Coyote Slayer, Crossroads, Broken Bow,
    Flying the Weather, Hastings, Kelly One & Kelly Two,
Part 2: Foul-Weather Flyer                                       Pages 59 - 96
    Nome, Working the Mines, Henry Gumm Goes South,
    and Brother Hansen Returns Home, To Cordova in the Vega,
    Foul-Weather Flyer, The Crackups
Part 3: There's More to the Job than Flying       Pages 97 - 152
    The Girls and the Godfather, Gold Fever,
    The Reindeer Study, Progress in the Cockpit,
    Crash on the Darby Mountains, Groping up the
    Yukon, Guiding the Columbia, Evacuation of Jack Devine,
    Stinson-A Trimotor, The Marshall and Miss Alaska,
    Missing Pilots, The Reindeer Acquisition.
Part 4: Patrol Pilot                                                   Pages 153 - 196
    Signed on with the CAA, General Buckner,
    DLAND at West Ruby,  Injured Man Aboard,
    War, The Queen Mary, Horning's Ordeal,
    The Boeing 247, A Tale of Two Cessnas,
Part 5: King Chris                                                   Pages 197 - 235
     King Chris, Wartime Flight to Attu,
     A Night at North Shore Umnak, The Waipio Inveiglement,
    Shungnak Snafu, Torture Flight to Seattle, Summer
    Landing, CAA Christmas, They Come and They Go,
Part 6: Gold Medalist                                            Pages 236 - 285
    Hinchinbrook Beach Landing, Tragedy at
    Port Heiden, Fuel Oil Blues, The Rescue
    of Cliff Uzzell, Juneau Backfire, The Black Cat's
    Path, Taylor Weather, Fiddling Around in Nome,
    Gold Medalist
Part 7: Into the Jet Age                                        Pages 286 - 314
    N-123, Trouble in the C-123, The Flying X-Rays,
    Saberliner Jet School, McKinley Rescue,
    Back to Nome on the Iditarod
Index                                                                         Pages 315 - 319
Epitaph: Jack Jefford 1910 - 1979                       Page 320
  
  


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Jack Jefford (1910-1979) was a natural storyteller and a pioneering giant of Alaskan aviation history. He was a "pilot's pilot," who flew so well he figured in scores of dramatic rescue flights. He also helped develop the aerial trailways that are flown today by commercial jets.At the urging of his daughter Carmen, he began recording his stories while sitting in his favorite chair with a glass of whiskey nearby. Over five years, he made 18 tapes, which his daughter and her husband Mark transcribed and edited with the help of aviation journalist Cliff Cernick.The result is a collection of fascinating aviation stories ever to come out of Alaska. From Jack's barnstorming days in Nebraska to his role as FAA Chief Pilot in Alaska, he was one of the best bush pilots who became a legend in his own time.

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Jack Jefford saw his first plane in 1916 at the age of six and he was hooked. By 1937 he was flying planes in Nome, Alaska and in three short years he became the Chief Pilot of the FAA.  He daily faced the dangers of Alaska’s skies, helped settle a frontier, and managed to survive long enough to share a lifetime of stories—delivering mail by plane, hunting coyotes, counting reindeer, transporting prisoners and congressmen, and rescuing the lost and injured, often at great risk to himself.
 

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"In his classic memoir, "Winging It!," Jefford chronicles decades spent flying tens of thousands of hours in one of the most straightforward histories of Alaska aviation. . . In recently rereading "Winging It!" I was struck by how quietly significant Jefford's career was. He bridged the gap from the days of open cockpits and strapping dead bodies onto wings to the era of big powerful piston-engined aircraft roaring onto paved and lighted modern airfields. His memoir does more than bring readers back to an earlier time, it reveals how those times changed and gives readers a look into a unique aviation career that was transformative in every sense of the word." —Colleen Mondor, Alaska Dispatch News

Product details

Authors Jack Jefford
Assisted by Carmen Jefford Fisher (Editor), Mark Fisher (Editor)
Publisher Ingram Publishers Services
 
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 01.06.2011
 
EAN 9780882408163
ISBN 978-0-88240-816-3
No. of pages 320
Assisted by Carmen Jefford Fisher, Mark Fisher
Series Caribou Classics
Caribou Classics
Subjects Fiction > Narrative literature > Letters, diaries
Humanities, art, music > History
Social sciences, law, business > Sociology > General, dictionaries

Memoirs, TRANSPORTATION / Aviation / History, Bush pilot, air pilots, Alaska, Biography, Jack Jefford

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