More than a hundred aircraft have vanished in Alaska and Canada or along the region's cold coastal waters. How do commercial airliners, cargo planes, military transports and strategic bombers just disappear without a trace? During some of the largest search operations ever conducted, not a single piece of evidence was located establishing their fate.
The circumstances of seventeen missing aircraft are explained in detail by Gregory Liefer, author of the new book Aviation Mysteries of the North. The loss of a commercial airliner carrying thirty- eight passengers and crew, a military transport with forty-four occupants, an Air Force bomber carrying a nuclear payload, and two United States Congressmen on a campaign tour are only a few of the captivating stories.
From takeoff, in flight and until the final moments, through searches and controversy, the factual events of these disappearances are presented with meticulous insight. Historical perspectives and aircraft descriptions add an informative background to the stories, covering five decades of aviation history.
Nowhere have aircraft disappearances been more prevalent than in the remote regions of the North. Losses in the Bermuda Triangle pale in comparison, yet continue to fascinate the public. Even after eighty years Amelia Earhart’s disappearance is an enduring mystery. The stories in Aviation Mysteries of the North are equally intriguing, for as Liefer writes … “these were not just machines, but individuals and families who never imagined the tragic fate ahead of them on the horizon.”
Aviation Mysteries of the North includes over 180 photographs and map illustrations, showing flight routes and last known positions of the aircraft. Many of the illustrations, like the stories themselves, have never before been published.
About the Author: Gregory Liefer is a former paratrooper and retired military and civilian pilot. Aviation Mysteries of the North is his second book, following Broken Wings which was re-released in June 2014. Greg holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate and has flown more than 11,000 hours in various aircraft. Twenty-three of his thirty-two year flying career was in Alaska.