Buf­falo boys cheat death

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Eguide Television - DEB­BIE SCHIPP ICE PI­LOTS NWT, 7MATE, tonight, 6.30

SUF­FICE to say these dudes are fu­elled by adrenalin. Un­less of course you think land­ing a 20- tonne DC4 on an ice run­way in a snow­storm is a to­tally nor­mal thing to be do­ing.

The hugely pop­u­lar docu- se­ries fol­lows the ad­ven­tures of rene­gade Arc­tic air­line Buf­falo Air­ways, in Canada’s far north, and in­volves nail- bit­ing chal­lenges and in­ti­mate per­sonal sto­ries fea­tur­ing the pi­lots, engineers and crew who put it all on the line fly­ing vin­tage war­planes across the last fron­tier on Earth.

The pi­lots are based in Yel­lowknife, North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, and are mainly re­spon­si­ble for fly­ing sup­plies into the mines up that way, which are cut off by road in win­ter.

Chief pi­lot Buf­falo Joe is a hard man, not eas­ily im­pressed, but as boss of the out­fit, you’ve got to sur­vive him and his boot camp be­fore you fly his beloved vin­tage fleet of World War II cargo planes.

Worth watch­ing just to hear Joe sing the praises of his planes: ‘‘ You wanna feel fly­ing, strap a DC to your ass.’’

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