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GEIGER AND THE ALPS Hermann Geiger 1954 1st ed Hardcover Very Good
By Geiger, Hermann
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Switzerland, 1954, 1st edition. 37 pp text plus 129 pp of photographic plates - 4 color and 110 b/w, 1 double page color map. Text in English. Photo captions in German, French and English. Original slick illustrated large format hardcover with edge wear to cover. No dust jacket issued. Interior is near fine. Very Good condition.

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Hermann Geiger (27 October 1914 - 26 August 1966) was a Swiss aviator and search and rescue pilot whose heroic actions gave him national hero status in Switzerland. Known as "The Glacier Pilot," he pioneered the art of landing his Piper PA-18 on glaciers in the Swiss Alps like no other. In over 600 rescue missions, he managed to land his specially modified aircraft under extreme conditions on snow-covered glaciers. He often had to carry the wounded bodies by himself in subzero temperatures and blizzard conditions to get them safely aboard his plane. Geiger once said "To save lives, you must risk your own." He died from injuries suffered in a fatal collision with a glider at the age of 52. In mountaineering and aviation history, Geiger is the first man to successfully land on a glacier and one of the first mountain rescuers.



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