John Lester discusses his time working as a smokejumper at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, from 1960 until 1966. He describes his training, equipment, and different fire jumps, and he reminisces about his fellow smokejumpers and their camaraderie. Lester speaks in detail about Francis Lufkin, a pioneer smokejumper.
Smokejumpers Washington (State) Biography; Smokejumping Washington (State) History; Smokejumping Equipment and supplies
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (90 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (44 p. : 28 cm.)
Lester, John M., "John M. Lester Interview" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-058.