Alaskan Pilot Releases Aviation Thriller
‘Last of the Long Hunters’
Soon to be a Movie
Executive producer Tim Maloney of Patterns of Evidence,
Director Miles Hanon from Point of the Spear.
May 3, 2017 | TruthPR |– Last of the Long Hunters records the life of a young pilot working and flying in Alaska’s Frontier Arctic. You’ll experience the front seat thrills of bush planes and helicopters operating in the most dangerous conditions on earth, flying in minus 600F temperatures and horrific storms airborne among the magnificent mountains, glaciers and rivers only Alaska has to offer. Once read you’ll not be satisfied until you visit the Great Land yourself! Includes true‐life experiences of accidents, rescues, comradeship, humor, heartbreaks and life in Arctic Alaska, gone forever when dismantled into parks and native lands in the 1970’s.
Opens with an interesting early history of the 49th State, leading to the eventual use and development of a new tool of transport – the single engine airplane; novel, but not without extracting a terrible price. Experience what it was like to growing up among the deadly big game, hunting the massive caribou herds and absorbing the greatness of the country. Aviators will gain from the flying experiences related. Every boy, man and aviator won’t be able to put this one down, and more importantly, be compelled to grapple with its final Truth. Also includes a special flying safety Appendix, summarizing mountain flight maneuvers that every general aviation pilot will gain from.
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Top Customer Reviews
Thank you for such an interesting read. I found this book so fascinating. This book makes me regret not having visited Alaska when it would have been easier to do so. There is so much about your book that I like, and it seems that you have effectively pulled together the history of Alaskan aviation with your own story that it makes compelling reading. I was fascinated to work my way through this information.
Everything from the “rules of” to the checklist to how certain equipment actually saved lives in a crash situation was compelling.
—Dr. Mark Barclift
I highly recommend this book! This is a fantastic read with a big payoff. This is a great read for anyone who loves history, aviation, hunting, and true-life stories. We’ve all enjoyed hearing those unbelievable stories growing up—around a campfire or the dinner table. Those stories have you on the edge of your seat and create heroes. This book is an incredible story and a true story the author lived through, which changed his life forever. In addition, I enjoyed the setup with the history of Alaska, his growing up in Alaska, and the visual journey the author takes you through while heading into the vast unknown of the Alaska Territory. I’m not a pilot, but I found myself following the author’s routine. There are a lot of tips in the appendix, including his notes to other pilots where he wants to pass along his wisdom. I’m looking forward to reading more from the author! Five out of five stars—this would make a great movie! I love true stories that change lives!
I absolutely loved this book and recommend it to anyone who wants a front-row seat to the real adventures of the Alaskan pilots! It’s very well written and a great read! Five out of five stars.
—Chris R. Herb
From the beginning, this book draws you into a great adventure. You easily and vividly imagine you are a part of it, and it’s hard to put it down until you have completed the journey. Part history book, adventure story, and survival manual, Last of the Long Hunters combines real-life experiences whose contents, if gleaned well, could save your life in more ways than one. This is one to read over and over again.
—Brent Maule, pilot and president of Maule Air, Inc.
Last of the Long Hunters is an excellent read for a short history of Alaska flying and what we often experienced. Mark and I worked together for years on the North Slope and elsewhere in the state. He has covered the adventure of flying and documented the many mistakes that were made and the lessons that were learned. Since aviation was a new industry there, our forerunners had to learn the limits of their machines and the human limits. We learned how to listen to our machines, watch the weather, and respect the inner voice that questions what we do. Further, planning ahead for any unforeseen changes was a must. Staying informed and using the FAA rules also helped us stay safe. My military experience and training before I came to Alaska paved the way for a successful career. I am looking forward to his next book, which focuses on helicopters in Alaska.
—Bob Wigen, Anchorage, Alaska, Retired Era helicopter chief pilot
Editor’s note: Mr. Wigen has thirty-seven years of Alaska flying experience and has logged more than twenty-six thousand flying hours.
A light breeze was blowing down the Great Arctic River. All across the plain stretching out to the Brooks Range the rust colored ground cover weaved along, contrasted by fingers of dark green spruce that made a beautiful quilt-work across the valley. Beyond the plain the grey peaks of the Brooks loomed up, pushing higher and higher in an endless maze stretching off past the horizon. A dusting of snow swept their north flanks, telltale of fall. Yellow willow leaves floated down close by with a rustling sound in the breeze, piling among the white roots and grey rocks jutting out here and there along the banks of the river at my feet. That was the only sound that broke the silence, the silence of the Arctic and it’s heard and understood only by those who experience it. The sweet smell of softwoods was also in the air, just as it had been for 20 centuries of falls gone by. It was a painting with a crystal river running through it—this is fall in the Arctic and there is nothing like it in the world.
The machine sat silent on the gravel bar of the river, her wings tied to logs under rock piles, this to keep her from flipping over in a big gust. A gust of 40 will lift a 1000 pounds per wing you see, and more than one pilot has returned to find his ship wrong side up while off on the hunt in this country. But that’s the way it is here, there being no room for error, that is, error between man and machine against the elements, the elements ever winning and teaching another lesson….
I set up flat and level above the trees for another look and pass, so it’s mark; ONE, TWO, THREE, FO … the second hand ticks off, “this one’s tight with no wind,” I say aloud, but once I get on no sweat I think, I’ll be going out light and this exit is perfect. (A fly by @ 60mph is about 100 feet-per-second—for example, 3 seconds makes for a 300 foot strip.) Full power and the cabin comes to life again, the engine pulling me around with a G right by the moosey lake. They’re watching the action out the corner of their eyes now, not stopping to dip for the next mouthful of bottom growth. The lake water is calm. Too bad I think, I could use a breeze. It’s smart to make at least two passes like this when taking on a new LZ, three is better. I lineup on the gap in the spruce that exposes the fan, seeing the water dripping from the bulls’ noses as I race by them mirrored on the lake and making ripples around their legs. It seems they’re thinking, “this guy’s crazy, should be a nice crash today!” They are mostly right—wouldn’t be the first time big game in Alaska watched a good wreck!
The approach feels good as the river flashes under me, outside-airspeed-outside-airspeed, but she settles under the big load of gas! FULL POWER!! The ship touches down 3 point and I react; POWER OFF, FLAPS UP, BRAKES! BRAKES!! She bounces hard over the first boulders, bigger than I thought as I roll over a few more to a stop. The snag is now sitting but 30 feet in front of my swinging prop and softly idling six, like I was parked at International Airport. I’m shaking a bit, so I take a breath and think “OK…I’m here, fuel stash is set!”
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