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 3 - Afganistan
In Afghanistan, the combination of high altitude and dusty conditions make combat flying particularly challenging. When a covert US Navy seal needs to be rescued from a Taliban ambush, the crew must fly at night using night vision goggles, hugging every contour of the mountain pass. Landing on a tiny mountain ledge puts their flying skills to the test.
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