Alaska Bush Pilot Doctor
You've probably heard of him, Dr. Elmer Gaede. Alaska Bush Pilot Doctor is his story. Watch this short video clip about the book:
In 1955, fresh out of Kansas Medical School, he drove up the Alcan Highway to the Alaska Native Services Hospital in Anchorage. He left behind tractors in wheat fields and learned to fly a J-3 on Lake Hood — then he volunteered for mercy flights into remote villages.
Moose, grizzly bear, and polar bear hunting came next, along with bush flying house calls and forced landings in blizzards along the arctic coast.
Later, he homesteaded on the Kenai Peninsula, cleared a half-mile airstrip, crashed his Cessna 180 into the Gaede-Eighty chicken house, took on a monkey for a patient, and flew patients to the Seward Hospital in treacherous conditions.
This book takes place in Kansas City (1955), Anchorage, AK (1955-1957), Tanana, AK (1957-1959), and Soldotna, AK (1961-1984).
- Chp 1 — Opening the Door to the Last Frontier
- Chp 2 — Tundra Taxi
- Chp 3 — Flying or Bust! (Read Free Chapter)
- Chp 4 — The Thanksgiving Day Moose
- Chp 5 — Lime Village Evacuation
- Chp 6 — Out to Get a Bear Rug
- Chp 7 — Assignment: Tanana
- Chp 8 — A Strange Village Welcome
- Chp 9 — House Calls Alaskan Style
- Chp 10 — A Simple Caribou Hunt (Read Free Chapter)
- Chp 11 — King of the Arctic
- Chp 12 — Break-up Takeoff
- Chp 13 — Hunting: Not For Men Only
- Chp 14 — Close Encounters of Many Kinds
- Chp 15 — Hospital Ward the Size of Kansas
- Chp 16 — Tooth-pullin' Time
- Chp 17 — Double-feature Drama (Read Free Chapter)
- Chp 18 — The Last Alaskan Nomads
- Chp 19 — 2000 Feet Above the Yukon River
- Chp 20 — The Top of Alaska
- Chp 21 — Outside
- Chp 22 — Back Home
- Chp 23 — The Day the Earth Broke Apart
- Chp 24 — Return to Point Hope
- Chp 25 — Flight by Faith
- Chp 26 — No Ordinary Day (Read News Article)
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