Idaho Back-country flying with Christina

Christina getting ready for our morning flight

When Christina Chapman asked me to join her for an early morning canyon flight to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and land at the Flying B Ranch I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough. I’ve wanted to get a flight in her Scout since I first saw pictures of it over a year ago and there was no way I was going to miss this.


We departed Smiley Creek and flew up the Stanley Basin past the Stanley airport and up the Lower Loon Creek. It was a shocking perspective for a mid-westerner whose only other “real” canyon flying had happened just the day before.

Christina set it up perfectly for final into the Flying B Ranch airstrip

We flew up the Upper Loon Creek and over their airstrip, then on to Mahonay Creek, Lower Loon Creek and then landed at the Flying B Ranch airstrip. Wow, what a ride!


We hugged the canyon walls flying by Bernhard, Thomas Creek, Morgan Creek & Sulphur Creek as we headed back to the wide open Stanley Basin.

Christina as we're climbing out of Smiley Creek

Here’s just a few of the shots from our adventure flight in the Scout ……







  • Ben Bensen
    Posted at 14:14h, 19 July Reply

    Thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the high flying adventures though I am jealous, for not only do I not have a plane to fly, and don’t even have a license to fly. But, I get my kicks from drawing and painting them and just “plane” hanging around that lifestyle.

    Thought you might like to see some of my artwork and my “plane air” sketches. No, you don’t have to come to my “studio” to see them just checkout:
    and my assorted links.

    Thanks for sharing your fun with me… Ben

    • christina chapman
      Posted at 14:34h, 21 July Reply


      Glad you enjoyed the trip and flying. Sounds like it’s time to get a pilots license. Enjoyed seeing your artwork. I come from a family of science/math folks with few artists and professional photographers so I envy your talent.

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 12:31h, 10 July Reply

    Wow. That was a beautiful filght you had. Hope your travels home go well. I had an awesome flight home. My little Cub that usually flies about 96 mph ran btw 115 and 128! And to top that, when I made a pit stop for fuel a light breeze was blowing straight down the runway and it was calm at home. I’m so thankful to have met you in person…now you are even more of a mentor and encourager that before.

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