For the Love of Flying


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For the Love of Flying tells the story of Laurentian Air Services and its subsidiaries, Air Schefferville, Delay River Outfitters and more. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with Laurentian’s owners, pilots and ground crew, author Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail explores this innovative company’s colourful 60-year history from its founding in 1936 with biplanes through the 1990s when it operated twin-engine turboprops.

This book is filled with lively flying anecdotes from the cockpits of the world’s most recognizable bushplanes, including the Beaver, Otter, Douglas DC-3 and Grumman Goose. From daring rescues and close calls, to the filming of Hollywood’s Captains of the Clouds, to the perils of flying Canada’s most eccentric millionaire, Laurentian’s pilots did it all. Interlaced with these fascinating accounts are the stories of back-country air tourism, the mineral and hydro-power boom in Quebec and Newfoundland-Labrador, and commercial aviation in North America.

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