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Winging It! by Jack Jefford

Winging It!

by Jack Jefford

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Winging It provides an impressive, first hand account of the development of Alaska's aviation system. Jefford arrives in Alaska in the last 1930's by which time aviation is already making it's mark, but mostly centered out of the larger communities, tied to ship routes and the Alaska Railroad. The book covers Jefford's activities sufficiently in this era to give the reader a good sense of how aviation worked, and the vital role it played even at that time.

Around 1940 Jefford goes to work for the CAA (precursor to the FAA) and is flying for them as instrument airways are being developed. The run-up to World War II speeds route development, and extends it to the Aleutian, where the Japanese had invaded and held positions at the end of the Aleutian Islands. Military needs also call for construction of additional airfields both to support defensive efforts, and the Lend Lease Program, where aircraft were supplied to Russia. Jefford's book is an excellent account of the conditions (weather, terrain, infrastructure) and thorough his stories provide a look at the magnitude of the system the FAA operated to support air navigation, Flight Services Stations and other facilities needed to connect Alaskan cities to each other and to Seattle. Not a conventional biography (there is no mention of his family beyond the FAA staff he worked with), it is a series of stories that collectively provide a wealth of insight into a bygone era. ( )
  tgeorge2348 | Apr 6, 2014 |
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Pioneer Alaskan aviator Jack Jefford tells of rescues, crackups, and wild adventures that come in a lifetime of flying in Alaska.

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Jack Jefford shares stories of his gripping rescues, white-knuckle crackups, and wild adventures that come from flying the not always friendly skies of Alaska. Arriving in the Territory of Alaska in 1937, he started flying from the gold rush town of Nome for Hans Mirow. Jack's stories are some of the most fascinating and interesting to come out of Alaska. At the urging of his daughter, this great, early Alaska pilot decided to share these incredible flying stories with all aviation fans the world over… (more)

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