Roy Dickson 1930s Alaska Bush Pilot
Third Printing
First-person stories & pictures!
Roy Dickson was a pioneer Bush Pilot in Alaska from 1934 - 1941.
On May 1, 1937, Roy Dickson found himself flying his Bering Sea
Airways Waco biplane over Prince William Sound, Alaska, in the
middle of an unexpected and terrifying storm. As pilots of the era
were not equipped with adequate maps, radios or instruments, he
knew that his instincts were all he had to save two passengers and
himself from the perpendicular mountains and jagged glaciers
awaiting below.

With no way to continue through the storm, he was forced to "set
her down" immediately. He spotted a frozen lake that he hoped
would be a safe landing spot, but the spring ice could not support
the weight of the plane, and it broke through, nosing over on the
fragile surface.

Because land travel was impossible in this uninhabited, rugged area,
they could only hope to be rescued by catching the attention of a
passing fishing vessel along the coastline. Unfortunately, the salmon
fishing season would not begin until June!
This account is but a preview of the many true accounts from one of
Alaska's finest pilots, Roy S. Dickson. Today, his picture hangs in the
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum in Anchorage. Through detailed
accounts recorded by his wife, others will now be able to share Roy's
stories in this fascinating book.
Copyright Roy Dickson, Jr. & Dorothy D. McLaren
This book is an amazing first-person account of how one man's
efforts helped bring aviation to Alaska, as recorded by Roy's wife
and edited by his children.
Roy also recorded movies of many of his remote destinations in
Alaska, and his children have donated these historic films to the
University of Alaska, Fairbanks. A Video DVD of these movies along
with many still photos Roy took during his years in Alaska is also

With the publication of this biography by his children, Roy's
contributions to Alaska history will now be appreciated by a wider
250 pages with 60 pictures & illustrations.
VIEW the KTUU Channel 2 Anchorage TV FEATURE
ASSIGNMENT ALASKA 8/13/2010 at the Book Signing
at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum in Anchorage
of the Esther Island Rescue