Dr. Elmer Gaede expected to follow in the footsteps of his Mennonite farming family. He never imagined that during the 1950’s and ’60s he’d fly with other legendary bush pilots, such as Babe Alsworth, Andy Anderson, Fred and John Chambers, Don Sheldon, Don Strickman, and Noel Wien. Or that he’d be counted among the early Alaska physicians in Interior Alaska.
Fasten your seatbelt for Bush flying crack-ups, fly-in house calls in 50-below temperatures, hunting adventures, and a psychotic woman climbing out of his small Piper aircraft, 2,000 feet above the Yukon River.
Pack your sense of humor for a monkey in Doc’s clinic waiting room, misjudged bush landings, delivering a baby during the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, and more.