Just finished the book Glacier Pilot by Beth Day 1957. Biography of Bob Reeve famous Alaskan Bush Pilot. I bought a biographical signed copy for a $1 at a Unitarian church book sale.
Great stories; learned about reindeer hair affect on aviation oil relief valves, flying on/off mud flats, beaches, river sandbars, crevased glaciers, antiaircraft guarded military fields.... the US Aleutian military buildup prior to Pearl Harbor.
Bob had just a couple crashes and lived to be 78 by being a stickler for safety, adherence to checklists, performing maintenance and rebuilds much earlier than called for by factory specs.
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