Strap in for a death-defying flying experience as the planet's hardest pilots return to patrol the most dangerous skies in America in Alaska's Toughest Pilots.
Flying in Alaska is highly treacherous, but these avid aviators are prepared to run the risk to get around, have fun and even save lives.
Alaska's Toughest Pilots: Suicide Sled Race
It's not just racers who suffer on the Iron Dog, reputedly the world's toughest snowmobile race; their airborne support crews suffer too. Battling whiteouts, mechanical malfunctions, and icy winds, this is flying at its most deadly. Never mind who wins the race: will everyone get home safely?
Alaska's Toughest Pilots: Convict On Board
Being a bush pilot in the "Last Frontier" state means turning your hand to any job going. Whether it's guiding skiers, delivering post, protecting the state capital's main power line, or escorting a prisoner to jail, one thing is guaranteed - danger is never far away.
Alaska's Toughest Pilots: Sky Fishing
Catching herring is big business, so boats use spotter planes to locate their prey. But it's not just the massive shoals of seriously expensive seafood these pilots must look out for - in crowdedskies a mid-air collision is sometimes only a wingspan away.
Alaska's Toughest Pilots: Grizzly 911
In this part of the world, pilots fly on the very edge of civilisation. So whether it's pulling acrobatics on bear-spotting flights, answering emergency calls, or transporting a pack of agitated and quarrelsome sled dogs, these fliers are as extreme as they come.
Alaska's Toughest Pilots: Ski Chopper Daredevil
It's not just planes operating in the Alaskan skies - helicopters fly in these dangerous conditions too. And flights don't come much more dangerous than dropping off thrill-seeking heli-skiers on a high mountain ridge. Can our pilots please these extreme sports fans while also keeping them safe?
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