Arctic Air: A Greenlandic Journey with the 109th on WXXI-TV

Arctic Air: A Greenlandic Journey with the 109th on WXXI-TV

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 10:00pm

This is an adventure not to be missed!

In the summer of 2009, a WCNY-TV production crew traveled to Greenland to document the extraordinary work of the New York Air National Guard 109th Airlift Wing, based in Scotia, New York. Flying the United States Air Force's only ski-equipped C-130 Hercules cargo planes, the Wing provides vital support for polar researchers working in the Arctic and Antarctica. Arctic Air: A Greenlandic Journey with the 109th, airing Wednesday, January 26 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011), captures the Wing members' commitment and efforts in a frozen land of incredible beauty but where danger always lurks.

Meet the skilled pilots and their crews who transport supplies, cargo and staff to and from Greenland in temperatures that threaten to freeze their planes' fuel and hydraulic fluid. See the camps where American and international teams of scientists seek to unlock mysteries of the past buried deep within the polar ice cap to help provide answers to some of today's most important questions about climate change and global warming. The environment is harsh and the specialized training for the pilots intense, but the Wing is dedicated to its unique and critical mission on behalf of our planet.

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