By Hank Sands
In wooden Buffalo nationwide Park, Hank reveals himself thin dipping with a one-ton buffalo. close to Stewart BC, he flies over an avalanche course with a package deal of dynamite fused to blow at any moment, however it is lodged unreachable open air at the shipment rack. In an remoted Yukon tent camp a mad Irishman threatens to cut each person up with an awl. At one other tent camp a pack of wolves holds all people in awe. excessive within the Bugaboos, Sands stares half-blind as explosive gas drips from a broken gasoline tank onto the red-hot rapid charger of his crashed helicopter. close to Telegraph Creek, BC, a truly huge and mythical grizzly sends him working for his existence. A raging wooded area fireplace threatening citadel solution, NWT, kindles a love tale. In Port Alberni, BC, Hank flies right into a 130,000-volt powerline. those are yet a couple of from this selection of remarkable but precise tales.
Hank Sands has had a diverse existence. He joined the RCAF in 1956 and piloted the Canadian-built CF-100 all-weather fighter for three years out of Comox, BC, via a flooring travel as a radar controller in Beaver financial institution, Nova Scotia. On leaving the air strength in 1964, he expert on helicopters and flew them for 18 years. Retiring from flying in 1982, he spent a short while within the eating place enterprise earlier than operating as a educating assistant for seriously fragile young children within the Cowichan institution District.
In 2001, Hank and his spouse Linda moved to Victoria, BC, to spend time with young ones and grandchildren. he is spent the previous 10 years strolling, appearing, writing and renovating a 1945 apartment. He has 4 childrens, one step-child, 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild who all love Papa Hank's stories.
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