‘Cheechako On Wings’ Draws Readers to Uncharted Wilderness

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Brian Fortier recounts the experiences of a novice pilot’s adventures in the great North

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It describes the misadventures and mistakes which the author was lucky enough to survive, is detailed enough to be instructive and, hopefully, useful to inexperienced pilots who might fly in the great Alaskan wilderness.

Readers can go back in time where life, as posited by the poet Thoreau, is not as frittered away by detail in “Cheechako On Wings” (published by Trafford Publishing). Brian Fortier eloquently chronicles his experiences as a young student pilot back when Alaska was still entering the modern age of aviation; when the wilderness up north was still unchartered and unfamiliar.

Set in a backdrop right after World War II, “Cheechako On Wings” is at equal turns biographical and whimsical. It recounts the experiences of a novice pilot’s adventures in the great North when each flight was an adventure. In this riveting and whimsical memoir, readers will be drawn into the interwoven tales of tough and old Frank Thelsen, bush pilot Andy Anderson, the old village of Bettles and the Crowder family.

The story is being told 50 years after the events took place, and is complemented with many historical photographs of people and places as they were in that slice of time. Many of the chapters are developed from personal pilot flight log book entries, and they describe the life and people back when Alaska was just beginning to come into its own. Fortier was privileged to become acquainted with some of the bush pilots who, as the years went by, became famous for pioneering the air routes from Bristol Bay to Umiat.

“Cheechako On Wings” reminds readers, young or old, that Arctic flying is gained through painful yet rewarding experiences. It describes the misadventures and mistakes which the author was lucky enough to survive, is detailed enough to be instructive and, hopefully, useful to inexperienced pilots who might fly in the great Alaskan wilderness.

“Cheechako On Wings”
By Brian Fortier
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 254 pages | ISBN 9781425160456
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 254 pages | ISBN 9781412017275
E-Book | 254 pages | ISBN 9781412219297
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Brian Fortier was born and raised in Proctor, Vt., and served in the Air Corps during World War II. He spent 30 years working with the CAA and FAA throughout Alaska, New York and Vermont. Fortier is also the co-author of a book of poems, “Way Down There.”

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