About Dick Folsom; Bush Pilot:
Dick Folsom returned to Greenville, Maine, after serving as a mechanic in the Army Air Force during World War II. He learned to fly before the conflict and often thought of starting a flying service while in the Pacific. That dream came true in 1948 when the local bank granted a loan to purchase two small floatplanes.
Slowly, over the next decade, Dick built Folsom’s Air Service into the largest bush flying company in the east. Paper companies, fishermen, hunters, hermits, and tourists all counted on Folsom’s for flights into the north woods of Maine.
Thirty years after founding the business, Dick hired Jake Morrel as a green pilot. That was the beginning of a close lifelong friendship.
As Dick aged, Jake realized the historical value of his stories. In the winter of 1996, the two sat down for several sessions and recorded the tales. This book is a transcript of those tapes, combined with vintage photos.
About Hardscrabble Lodge:
On the pages of these true bush flying stories, a floatplane races toward the shore and crashes in front of the lodge, Jake’s plane engine quits twice, a forest fire threatens Hardscrabble, a gale flies the plane minus a pilot, Jake searches for lost guests at night, firefighters are trapped between walls of flames, and a boy must be airlifted after suffering a compound leg fracture.
Excitement and terror are combined with a practical guide to wilderness survival. Bush flying challenges and techniques are explored in detail.
About the Author:
After Jake Morrel completed engineering school, one fact was obvious: Life behind a desk was the wrong choice. So off to Maine with his young bride, Beth! A teaching job led to flying lessons and a lifelong love affair with planes. After several years of instruction and practice, a dream job as a commercial floatplane pilot materialized. As a flying family, exposure to the numerous remote lodges in Maine prompted Jake and Beth to purchase a dilapidated set of remote log buildings, which they rebuilt and named Hardscrabble. Today, Jake and Beth are retired and live next to their private air strip, ME32.
Author Jake Morrel will be signing his books of true Maine bush-flying stories, Dick Folsom: Bush Pilot, A Legend Reflects, and Hardscrabble Lodge at the 2018 Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach, on Saturday, July 21st, 1:00-3:00.