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S.C. Pilot Takes Readers Along Legendary Alaska Highway in New Book

Aviation writer William S. Walker chronicles an adventure-filled, cross-continent flying journey from South Carolina to Fairbanks, Alaska, and back, in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Mullins, SC, May 05, 2017 --( Join aviation writer William Walker on an aerial adventure across America and up the legendary Alaska Highway to Fairbanks in his new book, “Alaska Highway Flight Log.” Walker, a senior writer for the national publication General Aviation News, delivers a lively, first-hand account of flying the famed 1,387-mile roadway that crosses great stretches of the Canadian and Alaskan wilderness.

Walker, along with a fellow pilot, flew his 1956 tailwheel Cessna 172 on a journey from the Atlantic Coast up through the American heartland and across the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia before reaching the Alaska Highway at Dawson Creek, B.C. From there the Alaska Highway stretches nearly 1,400 miles to Delta Junction, Alaska, crossing great expanses of the North American wilderness including a section of the vast Yukon Territory.

Mountain vistas and breathtaking overlooks make driving the Alaska Highway a fine adventure. “But it is from the air that the panoramas are extraordinary,” Walker writes. “The magnificent valleys of the Northern Rockies, through which the Alaska Highway runs, are spectacular. And the people we met along the way were often like the good-natured individuals who literally jump from the pages of my favorite travel books.”

In addition to a lively and informative daily account of this exceptional journey, Walker weaves personal stories of flying from his years in aviation while also providing a wealth of historical information about the famed Alaska Highway, which was built in record time in the winter of 1941-42 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Walker and fellow pilot Albert Finocchiaro spent more than 74 hours in the cockpit flying a 59-year-old light aircraft that barely averaged 100 miles per hour for the 7,000-mile plus journey. Walker said, “We made the trip because flying the highway in a light aircraft is one of aviation’s great adventures.”

In “Alaska Highway Flight Log,” Walker tells a story that holds the attention of both pilots and armchair travelers. And the 208-page book includes 60 of the best color photographs selected from more than 2,000 digital images taken on the trip plus custom maps and charts.

Author William Walker, from Nichols, S.C., covers the Carolinas and Georgia for General Aviation News and writes extensively on South Carolina. His 2014 book, “Down The Little Pee Dee,” told the story of a 125-mile paddling journey on one of the South’s most beautiful rivers. Walker is a graduate of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina and holds a PhD in East European history from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany. During his time as a reporter and editor at the daily newspaper “Stars and Stripes” in Darmstadt, Germany, Walker wrote on assignment from more than 50 countries. His 2010 book, “German and Bosnian Voices in a Time of Crisis,” detailed the plight of Bosnian Refugees from the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia.

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Alaska Highway Flight Log
William S. Walker
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-5332-5 208 pages $29.95 US Hardcover (DJ)
ISBN: 978-1-4575-5399-8 208 pages $19.95 US Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-1-4575-5410-0 $9.99 US eBook

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