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    Robert Merrill MacLean(Author),Sean Rossiter(Contributor)

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Chronicles Russel Merrill's daring 750-mile journey across the Gulf of Alaska in a flying boat with a single motor, his first rescue mission by air, crash-landings, and strandings.

"Flying over uncharted mountain ranges, large bodies of water, and vast expanses of tundra, Russel Merrill was the space astronaut of his day . . . he brought aviation to Anchorage the same year Charles Lindberg flew the Atlantic." ----Ted Spencer, Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum"In Flying Cold, authors Robert Merrill MacLean and Sean Rossiter have produced an outstanding volume to add to reader and collector shelves on the aviation history of Alaska." ----Robert W. Stevens, Author of Alaska Aviation History Trained as a pilot during World War I, Russel Merrill was determined to spend his life flying. His love of flight lured him from Oregon to Alaska, the far frontier of aviation, where Merrill piloted the first airplanes to fly into Petersburg, Wrangell, Kodiak, and Anchorage. He was an inventive aviator who oce declared he would rather eat beans in Alaska than live in comfort elsewhere. "Flying over uncharted mountain ranges, large bodies fo water, and vast expanses of tundra, Russel Merrill was teh space astronaut of his day... He brought aviation to Anchorage the same year Charles Lindberg flew the Atlantic." - Ted Spencer, Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Flying Cold chronicles Merrill's daring 750-mile journey across the Gulf of Alaska in a flying boat with a single small motor, his first rescue mission by air, crash-landings, and strandings. in 1928, Merrill nearly died after being forced down in the Arctic while helping fly a Fox Film Expedition crew to Barrow in northern Alaska, showing up there three weeks later, half dead, but still carrying a cup of rice he had saved for an "emergency." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Alaskan Aviator on June 20, 2017

    As historian for the Alaska Aviation Museum, I this biography is a well-written and indispensable addition to my reference library. It is the only definitive account of the life of Russ Merrill, for whom the busy Merrill Field in Anchorage was named.

  • By A customer on August 3, 1999

    Heroic account of how Russell Hyde Merrill brought aviation to Anchorage Alaska. This book is a must read for pilots and anyone interested in Alaskan History and bush pilots. Merrill was an ex Navy pilot who was the fist man to fly into Petrsburg,Wrangell.Kodiak and Anchorage. He discovered Merrill Pass in the Alaska Range and put Anchorage on the map as the "Tranportation Hub of Alaska" He brought aviation to Anchorage in 1927 the same year that Lindberg crossed the Atlantic.He faced incredible hardships and pioneered air routes all over Alaska that are still used today. He was a true hero and a very thoughtfull and kind man whose mark on aviation and Alaska is still very evident even today. He was lost over Cook inlet on 9/16/29. He was never found, but it is evident he went down and perished in the frigid water off Tyonek Alaska. Merrill Field(very busy general aviation airport in Anchorage) and Merrill Pass(important pass to the west through the Alaska Range)bear his name.In Alaska we all stand on the shoulders of this great man.

  • By Mort Mason on January 22, 2016

    Another Alaska bush flying pioneer gone west. Anchorage's Merrill Field was named for this intrepid flier. Very well written.

  • By Dee Longenbaugh on January 3, 2015

    A rather rare account of one of the early pilots of air-mad Alaska. Well done.

  • By Edward B. Bush on February 4, 2015

    Quick super service, good book.! Good book reading

  • By A customer on May 9, 2002

    Trained as a pilot during World War I, Russel Merrill was determined to spend his life flying. His love of flight lured him from Oregon to Alaska, the far frontier of aviation, where Merrill piloted the first airplanes to fly into Petersburg, Wrangell, Kodiak, and Anchorage. FLYING COLD chronicles Merrill's daring 750-mile journey across the Gulf of Alaska in a flying boat with a single small motor, his first rescue mission by air, crash landings, and strandings. In 1928, Merrill nearly died after being forced down in the Arctic, showing up weeks later, half dead, but still carrying a cup of rice he had saved for an "emergency." Many photos. A great read.


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