In the Falklands War, a top secret SAS mission to South Georgia involves flying up the sheer face of a glacier and dropping men on an icy plateau, riddled with crevasses.
In the Vietnam War, flying into jungle produces a different kind of hazard. In a daring rescue mission a desperate pilot cuts his own landing zone in forty foot tall bamboo.
In Afghanistan, the combination of high altitude and dusty conditions make combat flying particularly challenging.
In the Iraq War, flying in the desert poses unique difficulties - there’s nowhere to hide, and a dust storm accompanies every landing and take-off.
Episode 2 - Vietnam
In the Vietnam War, flying into the jungle produces a unique kind of hazard. In a daring rescue mission a desperate pilot cuts his own landing zone in 40 ft tall bamboo. The choppers come under heavy fire as they return again and again to pick up more survivors from the bamboo circle. We reunite the brave pilots and take them back to Vietnam for the first time to relive the experience.
for Five, NGCI, Smithsonian