Not even Ernie Gann would choose to fly in these conditions for fun, but we're not on a recreational flight. This is a working airplane, and we're on a working mission: transporting fresh Alaskan salmon from the remote locations where they're caught to fish-packing plants in the coastal towns of Yakutat and Sitka. It's not clean or easy work, and any romantic notions I may have had about being a DC-3 pilot in Alaska disappear quickly after getting a taste of the real thing. The cargo pilots here also act as loadmasters, mechanics and line service personnel, and the day's activities consist of a non-ending cycle of load, fly, unload, load, fly, unload, fuel, load, and fly again, over and over, from early morning until sometime after dark. It would be a long day anywhere. But during the Alaskan summer, which is when the salmon run, it's a really long day.