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Ice Pilots NWT

Premier :: 2009-11-18

Airs :: Wednesday 10:00 pm on History

Genre :: Documentary
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Summary

What’s it about: This documentary series follows the pilots of the Yellowknife-based Buffalo Airways, which still flies Second World War airplanes to transport people around the north. Reminds us of: Ice Road Truckers in the air. The buzz: Since History Television is using words like “ice pilots,” blizzards” and “frozen lakes,” I’m going to go out on a limb and say this will be like Ice Road Truckers, but with airplanes. Does that mean I won’t watch? Are you kidding?? I’ll be glued to the set. The chance to see pilots dealing with crappy weather, loopy passengers and potentially dangerous cargo – all being shipped around in planes made in the 1940s – is a recipe for disaster. And great TV.

Latest Episode

Series 6 - Episode 8 - D-Day
Aired - 17 December 2014

Episode summary:

The Buffalo boys gather in Red Deer for Mikey’s D-Day tribute jump. Joe and Sam scout out the designated military drop zone over Abraham Lake in the Rockies only to discover the canyon is too narrow for the DC-3. So Joe cancels the whole thing—it’s too dangerous. Mikey uses Joe’s own philosophy against him: at Buffalo, there’s always a backup plan. Joe flies out to scout a new location for the drop on the lake but hits bad weather. As Joe is about to scrap the trip, twenty paratroopers from the Canadian and American armies arrive for the big jump and are ready to go. They board WZS and Joe takes off to a site he hasn’t scouted, in weather that just keeps getting worse. As they near the drop point, he finally calls it—no jump tonight. They turn back, with all the troops still on board. Mikey’s only hope is a narrow window first thing the next morning—but only if Joe gives the final okay.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 6

+ Episode - 8 D-Day Aired - 17 December 2014
+ Episode - 7 Dogfight Aired - 10 December 2014
+ Episode - 6 Big Plans, Bad Luck Aired - 03 December 2014
+ Episode - 5 Second Chances Aired - 26 November 2014
+ Episode - 4 Checkflight Aired - 19 November 2014
+ Episode - 3 Old Dogs Aired - 12 November 2014
+ Episode - 2 Ice Storm Aired - 05 November 2014
+ Episode - 1 A Ball O'Snags Aired - 29 October 2014

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