Now in its fourth printing, Jack McCallum's book has found an eager audience in both the aviation-interested community and those intrigued by historical and post-pioneer northern living. It is easy reading with most chapters being less than six pages as they unfold his adventures in tight, attention gripping narrative.
The book recounts may of McCallum's hair-raising experiences flying in northern BC and the Yukon over the period 1956 to '72. Employed by the Department of Transport at World War 11 northern airfields, his flying placed him in close association with native trappers, prospectors and those who knew tough living in those environs. These also make cameo appearances in the book.
A 91-year old veteran who served with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, McCallum took up flying only after an initial experience working in the Canadian North. It was obvious to him that a plane was the only way to properly enjoy this "road-deprived" wilderness. As a middle aged, novice pilot his education in Northern flying was exciting indeed. Lessons came the hard, bush pilot way, through attempting and repeatedly surviving the hazards of that austere region of Canada.
This is a great travelling book. One can be captivated by a story, put it down to suit a break in the journey, yet take it up again to be wholly intrigued by a new tale being spun in yet another interesting corner of Northern Canada.