Yukon Airways

Yukon Airways recounts the effort of a small-determined group of bush pilots during the late 1920's and 1930's who created an air route from Edmonton, Alberta to the Yukon Territory. A route that with the coming of World War II would be used by thousands of aircraft being ferried to Alaska as part of America's Lend-Lease Program to supply the Russian war machine with fighting aircraft.

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In many cases barely trained young men, who had virtually no experience with the remoteness of the vast country over which they had to fly, flew these aircraft and this resulted in frequent mishaps. Along this route through the wilderness the U.S. engineers and their contractors created a series of over twenty-five airfields and emergency airstrips, which were located in proximity to the highway itself.

After the construction of the Alaska Highway and with the North West Staging Route in full operation the need for a readily available supply of fuel was obvious. Acting on an agreement made in August 1940 between Canada’s Prime Minister Mackenzie King and United States President Franklin Delano. Roosevelt. The U. S. Army Engineers started a survey and later the construction of an oil pipeline from Norman Wells in Canada’s North West Territory to Whitehorse in the Yukon. Along this route eight small airstrips were constructed to quickly provide needed personnel and supplies.

YUKON AIRWAYS tells the story of the determination, tenacity and ingenuity of these bush pilots and their engineers and recounts the hardships faced by the airman of the U.S. Army Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force who came to this wilderness during World War II.

At almost 400 pages in length it includes well over 500 photographs, illustrations and maps.

Yukon Airways
Air Pilot Navigator (Volume Five)
Chris Weicht. Creekside Publications. (2007)
ISBN: 978-1-4251-4773-0