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What happened to Johnny Bourassa, a former World War II air force hero, en route from Bathurst to Yellowknife? Where is the crew of the famous "Stalin's Falcons"? Are there really "haunted" flight paths in the west over the Canadian Cordillera? Since the earliest days of Canadian air travel there have been ghostly tales, unexplained sightings, and mysterious accidents and disappearances. Now to excite our curiosity and sense of wonder, award-winning author and aviation buff Shirlee Smith Matheson brings the best of these often inexplicable tales together in Lost: True Stories of Canadian Aviation Tragedies. This compelling collection of stories chronicles intriguing aviation anomalies from the shores of Labrador to the British Columbia coast and beyond our aerial borders to describe Canadian participation in bringing resolution to more far-reaching aviation mysteries and disasters. Without exception, the stories are offered in a spirit of respect and reverence for the many lost souls of the flying fraternity From the appearance of underwater phantoms to the disappearance of hockey heroes and veteran northern pilots, these tales of flights and flight plans that have gone terribly wrong all have three things in common - they are true, tragic, and defy human comprehension. Matheson meticulously researched this book in echoing airport hangars, hushed airline offices, and the private homes of key players, surviving family members, and flying associates.
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Shirlee Smith Matheson a native of Winnipeg, has written more than a dozen fiction and non-fiction Canadian adventure books for readers of all ages, bringing to life the stories of real Canadians for young and old alike. During a distinguished writing career that spans more than fifteen years, Matheson has served as a writer-in-residence in several western-Canadian cities, taught numerous courses on writing, and conducted popular writing workshops in schools and libraries across the west.Review:
"[Lost] relates the harrowing tales of how too many aviators came to grief, the frantic searches to find them, and the sometimes ghostly events which occurred during and following the searches, some of them continuing to this day. Matheson is the author who brought us the acclaimed Flying the Frontiers series, and this well-written book provides solid evidence that her research and writing skills are still intact. ... a suspenseful, enjoyable book." Bob Merrick, COPA Flight, p. B-14, Jan./06
"Shirlee uses her highly acclaimed writing skills to entice anyone, but most certainly pilots into the depths of an extended search by those of like mind. [She] makes no determinations but carefully leads you to your own conclusions. You may well have survived some of your own tales, and you will certainly enjoy Shirlee's skill at her craft. She has been described as a writer who has true feelings and understanding of her subjects, especially those dealing with airplanes and pilots." Capt. John Scott, PX, Retired Airline Pilots of Canada, p. 26, #3, Oct./06
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Book Description Fifth House Books, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M189485618X