As recently as the 1930s, vast portions of Alaska and Canada remained uncharted. The task of transporting explorers, aerial photographers, and cartographers to those remote regions fell into the hands of daring aviators and their Annotation. This colorful book examines the duties bushplanes help carry out around the world and the development of the greatest examples still plying the skies, including DeHavilland Beavers and Otters, Piper Cubs, Stinson Reliants, and Cessna Skywagons. Even airworthy examples of Norseman Noorduyns-the granddaddy of modern bushplanes-are included. And since pilots must utilize the natural landscapes in which they fly, the author explains and depicts the range of specialized landing gear used, from pontoons and hulls for lakes and rivers to skis for frozen tundra and water and balloon tires for rocky river beds and mountain slopes. Several riveting tales of near-misses from the daring men and women who fly bushplanes on a daily basis are also included. About the author: Geza Szurovy is from Massachusetts and is the author of seven previous MBI titles, including Wings of Yesteryear, Cessna Citation Jets, Executive Jets, Classic American Airlines, Art of the Airways, and The American Airport. Hardcover - 10" x 10" - 160 pp - 100 color, 100 b/w.