Alaska Bush Pilot Doctor
by Naomi Gaede-Penner
Dr. Elmer Gaede expected to follow in the footsteps of his Mennonite farming family. He never imagined that during the 1950s and '60s he'd fly with other legendary bush pilots or that he'd be counted among the early Alaska physicians in Interior Alaska.
Fasten our seatbelt to Bush flying crack-ups, fly-in house calls in 50-below temperatures, hunting adventures, and a psychotic woman climbing out of his small Piper aircraft, 2000 feet above the Yukon River.