In the summer of 2015 aviation writer Bill Walker, joined by fellow pilot Albert Finocchiaro, flew from coastal South Carolina to Fairbanks, Alaska, in Walker’s 1956 tailwheel Cessna 172. Flying low and slow up through the American heartland, across Canada and along the famed 1,387-mile Alaska Highway and then back, the two pilots completed a 7,000-mile flying journey of discovery. Walker’s detailed flight notes form the heart of this book, Alaska Highway Flight Log, chronicling a cross-continent journey that is at or near the top of most general aviation pilots’ travel wish lists. The author’s hundreds of feature stories for the national publication General Aviation News have always focused on the human interest aspect of flying, and he does not disappoint in this book, presenting in words and outstanding photographs the entertaining story of an aerial adventure trip to America’s Last Frontier, the great state of Alaska.
William Walker is a senior writer for the national publication General Aviation News. He is an instrument-rated private pilot who has flown his 1956 tailwheel Cessna 172 on story assignments throughout the Southeast during 15 years with G.A. News. Walker is the author of outdoor books on long-distance river paddling, Alpine skiing and adventure travel and has written and edited for newspapers and magazines in the United States and Europe.
In early July 2015 I took off with fellow pilot and friend Albert Finocchiaro from my home airport at Marion, S.C., in a single engine Cessna 172 bound for Fairbanks, Alaska.