Bush Pilots: Legends of the Old and Bold
by Bob Cary and Jack Hautala
For many years, much of northern Minnesota was accessible only by small seaplane. The pilots who flew the area long enough developedthe instincts an ability to fly with few or no instruments in all types of situations and weather. This book captures the fierce spirit of these remarkable pilots and their adventures, wrecks, humor, and rescues. Many flew out of the Ely area, and many were friends. They are a disappearing breed of pilot: nervy, innovative, and sometimes daring by necessity.
Grab a cup of coffee and listen in on a story-swapping session with some living legends of the bush pilot era. The included CD contains more than a dozen new tales and stories told by two of Ely's current Forest Service pilots about fire fighting and the Blowdown of 1999.