Video: Alaskan Bush Flight


Written by: Phil Monahan

Tikchik Narrows Lodge Beaver Flight from Cory Luoma on Vimeo.

When I was a fishing guide in Alaska, one of my favorite parts of the job was flying to and from remote rivers and lakes in a deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver, the workhorse plane of the bush. Here’s a great video—shot by strapping a GoPro camera to one of the wing struts—that really captures the feeling of traveling low and slow through the air, as you fly from Kulik Lake to Tikchik Narrows Lodge. Many folks have asked me if I was scared to fly in all the small planes I traveled in during my guiding career, but I must say that I felt safer in a Beaver than I do in an airliner. The planes seem so solid in the air, and all the pilots I had the pleasure to fly with were experienced, old hands at the controls. If you’ve ever been to a remote Alaska lodge, this will bring back great memories; if you haven’t yet experienced bush flight, this will give you a taste.

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