Watch Again

Dangerous Flights:

This Is Why Ferry Pilots Should Always Test-Fly Old Planes

Watch More
back to video

»Prop Jockeys

This Is Why Ferry Pilots Should Always Test-Fly Old Planes

Short | 03:37

In Boca Raton, Florida, Pete and Brad take a 32-year-old plane for a test flight, before beginning their journey halfway around the world.

More About This episode

"Flights from hell" are part of the job, but this time, the nightmares are happening on the ground. Ferry pilots Kerry McCauley and Stu Sprung are called upon to fly a '78 Piper Navajo Chieftain to Argentina. Unfortunately, they lack the proper paperwork, an offense that could lead to major fines and a possible prison sentence. Meanwhile, in Florida, Pete Zaccagnino and Brad White face another kind of confinement, courtesy of a uncooperative 32-year-old Piper Cheyenne. If they had their way, this "hangar queen" would be on a one-way trip to the scrap heap.

Buy This Show

Now, you can watch Smithsonian Channel's incredible documentaries and shows anytime you want by purchasing from any of these distributors:

Download

Return to Video Page