Ice Pilots

Thursdays From 22nd April, 9.00pm

As usual in the UK, as the snow descends, things grind to a halt – especially the airports. Yellowknife, in Northern Canada, can afford no such luxury. As the gateway to that isolated part of the world, the airport must stay open in all weathers. But for a large part of the year, that involves massive snowfalls and extreme temperatures that can drop as low as -60°C. It’s in these challenging conditions that Buffalo Joe McBryan and his team of pilots operate. And they don’t do themselves any favours, using planes that most airlines would have scrapped decades ago – most of Buffalo Airways’ planes dating back to WWII. But, these courageous flyers battle through the cold weather to keep the isolated Canadian communities supplied, and, in their biggest job to date, have to try and deliver a number of Canadair Waterbombers to new owners in Turkey. The problem being that these planes shouldn’t fly in winter or over large bodies of water. Can they make it all the way across the Atlantic in the middle of a harsh, long northern winter?

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