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  • ALASKA'S TOUGHEST PILOTS

  • Friday 5 September at 12:00PM
  • Nat Geo Wild

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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? 

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Alaska's Toughest Pilots: Suicide Sled Race
    ItÕs not just racers who suffer on the Iron Dog, the worldÕs toughest snowmobile race Ð their airborne support crews suffer too.
  • Alaska's Toughest Pilots: Convict On Board
    Being a bush pilot in the Last Frontier state means turning your hand to any job going. Only one thing is guaranteed - danger is never far away.
    Next Showing:  
    Friday 5 September at 2:00PM - Nat Geo Wild
    Repeats:  
    Saturday 6 September at 4:00AM - Nat Geo Wild

  • Alaska's Toughest Pilots: Sky Fishing
    It’s not just massive shoals of seriously expensive seafood these pilots must look out for – but other planes in the crowded airspace.
  • Alaska's Toughest Pilots: Grizzly 911
    Whether it’s pulling acrobatics on bear-spotting flights or answering emergency calls, these fliers are as extreme as they come.
    Next Showing:  
    Friday 5 September at 12:00PM - Nat Geo Wild
    Repeats:  
    Saturday 6 September at 2:00AM - Nat Geo Wild

  • Alaska's Toughest Pilots: Ski Chopper Daredevils
    Flights donÕt come much more dangerous than dropping off thrill-seeking heli-skiers on a high mountain ridge.
  • Alaska's Toughest Pilots: Escape From Bear Island
    Multiple dangers lie in the wilds of Alaska. In this episode, former peace studies major Amy learns how to shoot and kill a charging bear.
    Next Showing:  
    Friday 5 September at 1:00PM - Nat Geo Wild
    Repeats:  
    Saturday 6 September at 3:00AM - Nat Geo Wild

  • Alaska's Toughest Pilots: Deadly Descent
    From glacier landings to fixing cell towers 4,000 feet up in the mountains, it takes very skilled pilots to handle the untamed terrain of Alaska.
  • Alaska's Toughest Pilots: Fire Fight
    The arrival of summer brings its own battles as a forest fire threatens the homes of both the local residents and a group of bald eagles.
  • Alaska's Toughest Pilots: Man Down
    With extended daylight hours and an increased workload, the pilots must also deal with faulty equipment, bad weather and forced landings.
  • Alaska's Toughest Pilots: High Voltage Hazard
    Dustin and Jag try to repair 50 miles of avalanche-damaged power lines, and Drake faces a dangerous landing in the wilderness.
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