Welcome to Four-Eleven!Store

Four-Eleven! is a memoir about maintaining trails, fighting forest fires and flying fire patrol missions over the Cascades in the state of Washington.  This book is grounded in the early history of the Forest Service dating back to the fires of 1910 in North Idaho.  It explains the early Forest Service policy of quick response to contain forest fires.  It focuses on modern aerial firefighting techniques some of which were first tested in the 1940’s and 1950‘s in the Chelan National Forest.

In Four-Eleven! the author shares his knowledge of the challenges caused by the Japanese Vengeance Balloons (Project Fugo) which were launched from Honshu Island and flew on the jetstream to land in the Pacific Northwest in 1944 and 1945.  The balloons carried highly flammable incendiary devices as well as anti-personnel bombs.  Thousands were sent to the United States to start forest fires and cause panic among our citizens.  Few fires were ever started as a result but, one did kill 6 people in Oregon.

This book also recounts many interesting adventures experienced by the author while a seasonal employee of the US Forest Service in the early 1960’s.  The events he describes took place near Lake Chelan and Wenatchee, WA.  Readers will enjoy his stories about the high Cascades and will feel as if they are right there with Rich  as he fights forest fires and flies Forest Service spotter planes.

This book is dedicated to all of those men and women who have lost their lives on western fire lines.


In Four-Eleven! Planes, Pulaskis and Forest Fires,  Rich Faletto has shared several missing pages with us about fire suppression activities in the Chelan District that go back to the 1940’s.  No other writer has addressed this subject, and therefore his work is extremely important for historical purposes.  Whether you are a member of the US Forest service, family, friend or lover of the out of doors, this book will take you high into the back country above Lake Chelan and even higher into the skies over the Cacades.”

-Bob Sheehan, Chelan District Ranger

U.S.F.S., Chelan, Washington

“Four-Eleven! is an entertaining and exciting book about repairing trails, fighting fire and flying on fire patrol with the U.S.Forest Service.  It is also a very important work that has recovered and preserved missing historical data about Forest Service Operations in the Lake Chelan valley dating back to the 1940’s.  Get ready to relive some interesting adventures in the high Cascades above Stehekin.”

-Linda Martinson, Board Member

Lake Chelan Historical Society,

Chelan, Washington

If you ever wondered what it would be like working for the U.S. Forest Service on a Trail Crew, fighting fire or flying on fire patrol missions in the back country, this is the book for you.  Rich takes us back to a time when this business was as much an adventure as it was hard, and sometimes dangerous work.  Four-Eleven brings the reader a new element of interest, excitement and drama about the Chelan Ranger District of the Wenatchee National Forest.”

-Bill Moody, Former Manager

North Cascades Smokejumper Base

Winthrop, Washington

About the Author: Rich Faletto graduated from Washington State University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and English. He spent 20 years in the U. S. Air Force as a Supply and Logistics Officer working primarily in the F-16 Air Combat Fighter and B1-B Bomber programs. He and his wife Betty have called Sandpoint, Idaho home since he left the Air Force in 1985. He worked for Evergreen International Airlines as Senior Manager of Airline Stores and Federal Express as a stores technician.

Rich also worked in the real estate industry for 20 years as a mortgage lender and realtor as well as a business development representative in the title and escrow business. He is now retired and spends his spare time out of doors, skiing, fly fishing and hunting elk.

Go Lake Chelan


Bonner Daily Bee


Wenatchee World


The Spokesman-Review


Tentative Book Signing Schedule

*Please contact bookstores for confirmation

Four-Eleven!  is available through…

Barnes and Noble


A Book For All Seasons (Leavenworth, WA)

Riverwalk Books (Chelan, WA)

Placer Village Books (Wallace, ID)

Lake Chelan Historical Museum (Chelan, WA)

Bird Aviation Museum (Sandpoint, ID)

Vanderford’s Books (Sandpoint, ID)

It is also available through U. S. Forest Service and National Park Service outlets in the Chelan, Leavenworth and Wenatchee areas of the state of Washington.

To order autographed copies please email… faletto@frontier.com

$19.95 + S&H for signed copies

Bookstores- please contact…

Partners West Book Distribution


1901 Raymond Avenue Southwest

Renton, WA 98057-2622

(425) 227-8486

Note: Copies of this book are available at the bookstores listed in the book signing schedule.  The book is also available at US Forest Service and National Park Visitor Center outlets.

Vanderford’s, Sandpoint, ID

Lake Chelan Historical Museum, Chelan, WA

Riverwalk Books, Chelan, WA

Barnes and Noble, Spokane Valley

Hastings, Wenatchee, WA and Coeur d’ Alene, ID

The Ark, Holden, WA

Copyright © 2010 Richard J. Faletto

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