Last week we sent Ted Setzer to Alaska in his highly modified Sportsman to represent Glasair at the 2015 Great Alaska Aviation Gathering and the Valdez Fly-In. If you know Ted, you know he built his Sportsman exactly for this purpose — extreme back-country flying. Read his account of the trip below: 

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“Landed for lunch in Smithers. VERY TURBULENT ride here from Prince George. Landed in direct crosswind gusting 29 kts. Wasn’t pretty but we’re down and happy to sit for a while.”

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White Horse, Yukon Territory. “Even though the sun is out, it is COLD. Had to sneak through some snow showers to get here, but over all it was a nice flight. Tailwinds most of the way. That’s a big thing for BIG tire airplanes!”

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Alan Negrin flying N2CQ.

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“The flight from Whitehorse Yukon to Anchorage was spectacular. It was a little under 4 hours. This was a glacier we passed just before reaching Palmer, AK.”

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“From Whitehorse we flew west to Burwash then intercepted the White River. Followed the White River and climbed up the Russell Glacier to a narrow pass with Mount Baldwin to our left and another that looked like a replica of the Matterhorn!”

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“All the lakes in British Columbia were mostly thawed, but in the Yukon and Alaska they are still frozen. The rivers have all thawed and are free.”

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Ted’s airplane on display at The Great Alaska Aviation Gathering this weekend. Photo Credit: Dale Harlan.

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Stay tuned for more updates from Alaska, including the Valdez Fly-In this weekend!