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    Excellent Hudson Bay Company story with aircraft footage

    Some good stuff for those interested in Canadian Arctic




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    Very interesting and mostly accurate. In my 50-years in the region as a radio op, weather observer, supply boat captain, pilot and student of arctic history I have met many of the people in the film and have been to all of those arctic coast locations.

    Thanks for posting that Scout.
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    I was hoping you enjoyed it! I liked the suction dredge Nunavut
    Quote Originally Posted by NunavutPA-12 View Post
    Very interesting and mostly accurate. In my 50-years in the region as a radio op, weather observer, supply boat captain, pilot and student of arctic history I have met many of the people in the film and have been to all of those arctic coast locations.

    Thanks for posting that Scout.

    “We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”
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    Wow! What a valuable video. It's been over a century since the HBC and others changed the life of many in Canada and Alaska. This is not the place to go down on parts of that history, but it did happen and needs to be learned and remembered. I knew a few folks in Sitka that shared their similar experience. Larry above has lived there, seen the changes, and must have similar memories of boat travel to the northern communities.

    Gary
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    Thank you for the memories of flying in the far north. I visited several of those places Ft. McMurry, Yellowknife, Tuktoyaktuk, Inuvik and others 40 years ago with my 185.
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    Nice! Brings back some good memories with some good friends on our trip there.
    They even let old Norwegian farmers on the grounds.

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    After watching the clip about the DEW line I recalled a crusty old pilot I worked with in 1966-67 at Great Bear Lake in the Arctic.
    Name was Ernie Boffa......who said he helped with setting up the DEW line locations. No sunset in the summer and the staff and I
    would sit around the kitchen table listening to Ernie's fascinating stories until the wee hours........as he, this is the God's truth, would
    douse his angel food cake with whiskey. Brings back memories.......and I still remember the old "Thunder Chicken" he flew with
    CF-LZO on the bird.
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    Cool video. I was born in Cochrane Ont. Visited Moosonee once. Reminds me of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdrvr View Post
    After watching the clip about the DEW line I recalled a crusty old pilot I worked with in 1966-67 at Great Bear Lake in the Arctic.
    Name was Ernie Boffa......who said he helped with setting up the DEW line locations. No sunset in the summer and the staff and I
    would sit around the kitchen table listening to Ernie's fascinating stories until the wee hours........as he, this is the God's truth, would
    douse his angel food cake with whiskey. Brings back memories.......and I still remember the old "Thunder Chicken" he flew with
    CF-LZO on the bird.
    Ernie Boffa was one of the very famous old time bush pilots in that part of the world.

    Great video, and nice features on the locals, they are truly wonderful people.

    MTV

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    Makes you realize why the Lund model skiff is so popular in the North. They last.

    Gary
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    An excellent fairly recent book about flying the western Canadian Arctic: “Flying to Extremes-Memories of a Northern Bush Pilot”. . https://www.amazon.com/Flying-Extrem.../dp/0888397550

    having flown some in similar conditions, he’s a good story teller, and he includes a lot about the people. I was reading at bedtime, and occasionally I had to get up and fetch another quilt.

    It’s a good one!

    MTV
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvivion View Post
    Ernie Boffa was one of the very famous old time bush pilots in that part of the world.

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    That he was. He flew the Yellowknife - Coppermine (via Port Radium) run quite often. I met him briefly in the late 60's but at the time I was more interested in women than in airplanes.

    Ernie Boffa: Canadian Bush Pilot: Whyard, Florence: 9780969274469: Books - Amazon.ca
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    Thanks Mike for the book link...I ordered one for the head library. Better than the reading the FAR's to stay current.

    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC12D-4-85 View Post
    Thanks Mike for the book link...I ordered one for the head library. Better than the reading the FAR's to stay current.

    Gary
    You'll enjoy it, Gary, you've been there....not exactly There, but in similar circumstances.

    There's at least one "nope, that didn't actually happen" in there, but unless you know deHavilland aircraft fairly well, you wouldn't know it. And, the genesis of the story almost certainly was pretty hairy, in any case.

    It is a fun read.

    MTV

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    [QUOTE=cubdrvr;818940]
    They even let old Norwegian farmers on the grounds.

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    What an awesome presentation of the life many of us wish we could experience. I have extreme respect for those people.
    Don't take life too seriously ... no one gets out alive!
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    Absolutely fabulous. Thanks so much.

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    It's not about the arctic, but...
    Wings of the North, by Dick Turner.
    He was a trapper & outfitter arund the LIard River country in northern BC in the 60's & 70's.
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    Mike, is that the "icy descent" into the lake story?

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    Thanks for posting this. Nice stuff.
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    Another good one:

    9780882402642: Ernie Boffa, Canadian Bush Pilot: Ernie Boffa - AbeBooks - Whyard, Florence: 0882402641


    One of these days I'll have to inventory my library of northern and bush-flying books. Maybe I can suggest others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubus Maximus View Post
    Mike, is that the "icy descent" into the lake story?
    Yup, anyone who’s flown a deHavilland product knows that was BS. At least as written.

    MTV

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    https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sea...pnav-_-Results

    Here's a list of "Bush Pilot" books. The seller has been good for me.

    Gary

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