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Smokejumper to Global Pilot: A True Odyssey

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Lee Gossett tells the stories of his life as a smokejumper and as a pilot during the Vietnam War and for years after that. Follow his remarkable career in Smokejumper to Global Pilot: A True Odyssey. Drawn to aviation at an early age, Lee Gossett financed his quest for the cockpit by joining the elite smokejumper community. From fighting fires, he sought further challenges in Southeast Asia as an air specialist – a “kicker” – for Air America. Include several seasons and years as a bush pilot in Alaska, a cropduster in New Zealand, and Gossett moved from Air America to Continental Air Services, further supporting interests in Southeast Asia.

With gained experiences, Gossett’s expertise qualified him to fly U.S. government-sponsored tasks throughout Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Follow this unique story of a smokejumper who became a global pilot.

Follow a remarkable career. Drawn to aviation at an early age, Lee Gossett financed his quest for the cockpit by joining the elite smokejumper community. From fighting fires, he sought further challenges in Southeast Asia as an air specialist – a “kicker” – for Air America. Include several seasons and years as a bush pilot in Alaska, a cropduster in New Zealand, and Gossett moved from Air America to Continental Air Services, further supporting interests in Southeast Asia.

With gained experiences, Gossett’s expertise qualified him to fly U.S. government-sponsored tasks throughout Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Follow this unique story of a smokejumper who became a global pilot.

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