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Noel Merrill Wien : Born to Fly
by Noel Merrill Wien and William Anders


Overview - Born into a family of aviators, Merrill Wien was destined to become a pilot. His father, Noel Wien, was one of the first pilots to fly in Alaska and his life was full of firsts, including making the first round-trip flight between Asia and North America in 1929.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Born into a family of aviators, Merrill Wien was destined to become a pilot. His father, Noel Wien, was one of the first pilots to fly in Alaska and his life was full of firsts, including making the first round-trip flight between Asia and North America in 1929. His mother played a big role in the founding and development of Wien Alaska Airlines, the second-oldest scheduled airline in the United States and territories. One of the most versatile and experienced pilots of his time, Merrill has flown just about every aircraft imaginable from DC-3s and 747s to historic military planes like the cargo C-46 and B-29 bomber to the Hiller UH-12E chopper. Although fundamentally modest by nature, family and friends encouraged Merrill to share his remarkable stories given his accomplishments and experiences with so many famous people and events. His tone is engagingly informal as he recounts meeting such luminaries as Joe Crosson, Howard Hughes, Lowell Thomas Jr., Sam White, Don Sheldon, and Brad Washburn. He re-creates for readers his first-hand experiences flying top-secret missions for the Air Force, viewing the devastation of the Good Friday Earthquake in Anchorage, and the challenges of starting his own helicopter company, to name just a few. His fascinating narrative is complemented by photographs from his personal archives.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781943328406
  • ISBN-10: 1943328404
  • Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books
  • Publish Date: April 2016
  • Page Count: 210
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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