Alaska Wing Men

Airplanes and bush pilots are critical to life in Alaska, but the rugged terrain and extreme weather make flying a dangerous and sometimes deadly proposition. Alaska Wing Men follows a handful of Alaska bush pilots and their respective aircraft on adventures where drama and jeopardy are a part of daily life. The men and women who risk their lives to fly in Alaska are pilots on the edge. Produced by National Geographic.

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Episodes

Alaska Wing Men Fire Fight

The arrival of summer brings drastic change to Alaska and our pilots, as they cater to seasonal tourists, fight wildfires and access the tallest peak in North America.
  • 2011
  • 00:45:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/29/2017

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Alaska Wing Men Grizzly 911

When it comes to wilderness and adventure, Alaska is often referred to as the "last frontier." Because most of the state is untamed and inaccessible by car, those eager to venture into its wild will need to rely on a competent bush pilot to get them there... and back. Keller spends his days flying tourists, hunters and fishermen to some ...
  • 2011
  • 00:45:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/29/2017

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Alaska Wing Men Fatal Crash

In this episode, veteran bush pilot Jack Barber turns his plane into a flying bomb by loading it with 400 gallons of explosive fuel. Meanwhile, National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson is summoned to the scene of a fatal plane crash in Ketchikan. And Learjet pilot Greg Johnson gets called to Barrow, Alaska to pick-up a child who’s been ...
  • 2010
  • 00:45:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/07/2016

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Alaska Wing Men Suicide Sled Race

The Iron Dog is known as the longest, toughest, most extreme snowmobile race in the world. Racers brave wildly dangerous terrain, bitterly cold temperatures and speeds well over 100 miles an hour in this 2,000-mile endurance race. To make their journey possible, the snowmobile racers on the ground rely on their Alaska Wing Men to be their flying “pit-crew”. Pilots ...
  • 2011
  • 00:45:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/22/2015

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Alaska Wing Men Deadly Skies

High winds, rain and clouds force three veteran pilots to make some life or death decisions. Jack Barber hits a dangerous cloud of ice that threatens to bring him down. Chopper pilot Dave King races the fog to pick up a team of scientists, and pilot Steve Hakala and his legendary Grumman Goose are grounded. Meanwhile, rookie pilot Veronica Morthorpe ...
  • 2010
  • 00:45:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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Alaska Wing Men Convict on Board

In Alaska, extreme weather is a bitter fact of life. In parts of the state where aircraft are the only way in or out, bush pilots survive by using their skills and instincts to tame the turbulent skies. Drake Olson is a former racecar driver who is as unpredictable as the weather. With an off-the-grid hangar and a rough-hewn manner, ...
  • 2011
  • 00:45:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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Alaska Wing Men Gold Rush

A pilot from Talkeetna Air Taxi attempts to rescue a group of stranded climbers from a glacier near Mt. McKinley. A husband and wife team face weather complications when delivering a 1,300-pound drill engine to a gold-prospecting company. Guardian pilot Greg Johnson and his team fly to the northernmost edge of the continent to rescue a 14-month-old child in respiratory ...
  • 2010
  • 00:45:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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Alaska Wing Men Sky Fishing

The Sitka herring run is intense and competitive fishing. Fishermen can make a lot of money in a short period of time and so can pilots. Boat captains hire pilots to work with them, spotting fish from the sky. But this type of flying is not safe: people have collided midair and died while spotting herring. Young twin pilots Jay ...
  • 2011
  • 00:45:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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Alaska Wing Men Ski Chopper Daredevils

Helicopter pilot Dustin Carroll drops pro skiers atop mountains for a movie they're filming on the extreme slopes of Alaska. Meanwhile, another pilot helps a young Texan find a remote spot to propose to his girlfriend.
  • 2011
  • 00:45:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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Alaska Wing Men Escape from Bear Island

It’s time for Don Lee to teach his student, Amy – a former peace studies major – the finer points of gunplay and how to shoot and kill a charging bear!
  • 2011
  • 00:45:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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