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- We've got 802 gallons of gas,

25 gallons of oil on each side,

and this morning, we're going to Greenland.

(gentle music)

(upbeat music)

-[Pilot] Landing runway zero eight for approach.

Start nav to runaway, zero eight.

Informing TCI international contact

we've received that information echo.

-[Eric] Clearance delivery, Douglas, November,

three, three, six, one, one.

We'd like to pick up our IFR clearance to Narsarsuaq

- [Matt] We just fired up,

and we were kinda troubleshooting some sat phone issues.

Watching the weather,

it was a low IFR in Narsarsuaq this morning,

but forecast to improve.

We wanted to see some improvement before we get going.

-[ATC] November three, three, six, one, one cleared,

Narsarsuaq airport by the Goose Bay.

Three departure, direct ENZO.

Direct coordinates five, seven north,

five, five west,

direct five-niner north, five-zero west.

Direct Sierra India, direct November Alpha.

Speed one-four-five knots.

Squawk code seven-two, seven-three.

- And now we've got about three hours...

We'll have about three hours after takeoff

until we get to our equal time point between here and there

where we decide if we're gonna continue.

-[ATC] Three, three, six, one, one, good day.

Just confirm, looking for niner thousand,

speed one-four-five, and are you HF radio equipped?

- We are not HF equipped.

We do have an HF waiver, though, we are set com equipped.

- There's no alternate in Greenland,

so we get halfway, then we have to decide.

Once we're fired up, we're getting our oceanic clearance,

and we'll be underway here shortly.

- Flaps are up, flood panel's up, flat panel neutral,

transponder on and altitude, doors.

- Closed.

- Brakes? - Checked.

- Altimeters?

- Are three zero zero seven.

- Three zero zero seven.

- Set crosscheck.

- Set crosscheck, flight instruments.

You showin' about a three zero zero, right now?

-[Rob] Uh, about two nine nine.

- Two nine nine, set.

-[Rob] Checked.

- Flight controls.

- Free and correct.

- Taxi checklist complete.

- We've got two mechanics and six pilots.

We're just kinda rotating through everybody.

It's gonna be a long flight.

No autopilot, about six hours over open ocean.

-[Eric] Cleared for takeoff zero-eight from Delta, Douglas

611, departure airborne one-one-nine decimal five. Good day.

Pitot heat's on, enunciator is checked, flaps are up.

We're to the line, clear right.

- All right.

- Exterior lights are on, com flaps are trail.

Fuel boost pumps are on, we are to the tail wheel.

Before takeoff check is complete.

All right, here we go

- Ready to go.

(plane engine revs)

Looks good.

(engine revs)

60 knots.

Power set.

V one, rotate.

Positive rate, gear up. - Gear up.

-[Eric ] Goose departure

Douglas three-three-six-one-one,

off runaway zero-eight, 500 climbing.

- [ATC] Douglas three-three-six-one-one radar identified,

one east through 400 feet.

Continue to climb to niner thousand

while under controlled airspace.

At your discretion, you're clear direct to ENZO.

- direct ENZO, cleared to climb niner thousand, Douglas six-one-one.

-[ATC] Douglas three-three-six-one-one be advised

the MSA over the icecap today is one-zero-thousand.

- Douglas six-one-one thank you.

(engine roaring)

- [Rob] I'll take the airplane.

- You have the aircraft, going for 2500.

- 2500.

- Alcohol pumps are on the props.

- Rog

(music intensifies)

- Light mixed right now it looks like.

- Not liking that shake.

- What is that vibration.

- I'm guessing it's ice on the prop.

That's why I turned the alcohol on.

- Now that I feel it, it's still not dissipating.

- Okay so we know we have a different problem.

We've got um a frozen trimwheel.

- Ah that's gonna be a little difficult.

- Yeah.

- We got some oil streak on my side here too.

- Do you?

Is it coming from that, you know that

little drain below the vent below the filler cup.

- Uh no?

No

- So uh?

Cowl flaps.

- All right so we got about six different things right now

that are all kinda adding up.

- Yep.

- So I'm gonna recommend we start level off the cruise

and start solving them one at a time.

- Kay.

- So we must have more ice than we realize.

- Is it trim or is it in the airplane?

- Not sure.

That's frozen.

- Okay.

- Wonder if we got a bunch of water in the um trim.

- Anything yet?

- Nothing.

- It's just running hard?

- Nothing, try it.

- There it is.

It broke loose.

Try it, I don't wanna mess with it while you're flying.

- Yeah.

- Probably just a piece of ice that had turn buckled

or something.

- But that shakes getting worse though.

- [Casey] How's it going?

- It's going okay.

- So right after take off we've got this little vibration

I don't know if you could feel it.

- Little bit.

- The more we focus on it, the more severe it seems.

It kinda seems to

come and go a little bit.

Um we're almost wondering if.

At first we started thinking it was probably

it was ice on the prop so I ran the prop alcohol

for a little bit.

No change at all and now

we're kinda debating if whether it's engine or

maybe some ice on it you know in a flight control

some place.

And now it's funny as we sit here and we talk

and we focus on something else, it goes away.

- Yeah

- As soon as I started--

- I can feel it kinda come and go.

- Feel that?

- Yeah, everything looks good instrument wise?

- Yeah.

- CHTs are matched.

- I mean we need a bunch of com flaps or anything?

- I mean let's close them see if that...

- In trail.

Gone.

- It was the cowl flaps.

(upbeat music)

- [Eric] Dude we're going to Greenland.

In a DC3.

How cool is that?

- It's amazing!

- It's flipping awesome!

- [Rob] The uh the good news is.

We've got an updated TAF

We were able to get it through Matt's uh device.

- [Matt] So I was just saying uh that will be the last METAR

that we get before the equal time point that we're coming up on here

in 20 minuets.

- [ATC] November three three six one one Gander radio

position report is received

- Douglas six one one thank you.

And that is an international oceanic position report.

- Nice! - We're on our way now.

- Just a question for me to ask Rob, how big is the lav tank

(laughs)

- We keep filling it up we gotta unload it at some point.

- Yeah.

- I'll just ask, are you flushing?

(music stops)

Not every time? Okay.

(music continues)

- No.

- We shouldn't need to.

- Just pee in it

- Just a bunch of dudes peeing in it

- Yeah.

- [Matt] But the difference here is that we got two engines so

we have a problem that's gonna put us in the water.

- And we have coffee.

- And we have coffee.

And a hundred pounds of snacks to throw into the life raft.

- I think we've done about 90.

- Okay, I think it might be lower than that.

- Oh?

- Yeah we're out of sour cream and onion pringles.

-[Rob] How's it flying?

- [Kyle] Beaut as always.

- [Rob]

- [Eric] Awesome having an autopilot this good.

(laughs)

- I bet you the autopilot's not gonna work quite as well for me

I got a sneaking suspicion.

Guthmiller just taught me something new

- Oh yeah?

- Yeah he's coming in pretty handy.

- Yeah you know.

-[Chris] How far out do they have

radar coverage for us?

Or are we out of it now?

- We've been long out of radar coverage.

- Got it.

- Radar service was terminated about 10 minuets

after we got off the ground.

- Yeah we're out here over the ocean, they don't have radar

so uh actually we're getting kind of close with ADSB

and now Canada has some satellite stuff so

maybe in the future but for now it's just position reports

so we report roughly about every hour over each fix.

-[Eric] Gander radio, Gander radio Douglas

November three three six one one on one two zero

decimal five five position.

(airplane engine roaring)

- Gander radio Gander radio Douglas November

three three six one one position one two seven decimal niner.

- I'd give them just a minute.

It's possible there's someone else on another frequency.

- Sure.

- And they'll get back to you in a second.

Did they say anything about either of those frequencies

or did they say try both?

- They said hey try on this one, try on that one.

- Okay.

They didn't said try this one, this ones a little closer?

- No they didn't, they just said try us on this one first.

If not, try us on this one.

- Okay, you know the other easy thing is you could broadcast

in the blind, there might be someone else monitoring this

uh on the HF.

- Any station any station Douglas November three three six

one one one two three four five looking to do a

relay through Gander.

-[United 4] United four, go ahead.

- Yes we are trying to get a relay for a position

through Gander if you could find a relay for us?

-[United 4] Yes sir, stand by let me grab a piece

of paper here.

What's your number again? November what?

- November three three six one one.

-[United 4] Okay go ahead.

- Position five seven north five five west at one seven

two zero, flight level nine zero.

Estimate five niner north

Five zero west

one eight four six

Sierra India Next.

- When was the last time you had to make a position report

over radio?

- A long time.

Just for practice actually when I was doing OE

on the seven six back in '06.

(laughs)

-[United 4] Flight four three six one one United Four.

- Go ahead for United Four.

November six one one

-[United 4] Gander said that's the boundary

call Nuke on the VHF 121.3.

- That's boundary 121.3 Douglass six one one

thanks guys appreciate the help.

-[United 4] Have fun.

-[Untied 4] Douglas what's your type?

- DC-3.

- Outstanding.

- We're going over to celebrate the 75th of Normandy.

- Oh outstanding have fun, be safe!

- Thanks appreciate it!

- [Rob] So we just passed our equal time point

you can see that behind us.

- So we're officially passed EGANN?

- We are passed EGANN.

- When you pass your equal time point

you are committed to land, it does not matter

what you see when you get there

you must land the airplane there

because we don't have fuel reserve to go anywhere else.

- Right.

We have no alternate so that's why the weather was so

incredibly important

and uh you know if you keeping track of the equal time point

and stuff.

- For anyone who has read 'Fate Is The Hunter'

and if you haven't read 'Fate Is The Hunter'

and you're watching this, you should probably go get the

book and read it.

Ernest Gann flew this type of airplane into Greenland

at the very beginning of of the opening of this route

in 1942 and he has three chapters writing

about how difficult it is to get here.

It is some of the most incredible writing

What he writes about is what we're seeing right now

and what Matt's about to show you so I highly recommend

'Fate Is The Hunter' um you can skip right to the chapter of

Valhalla and that's that he named this place.

So it's an incredible place and you're about to see

just how difficult it is to get here.

(upbeat music)

- Oh what's going on? Talk to me.

- I just started the descent now.

We are 20 miles from.

Simiutaq

- What about the brief?

What would you like sir?

- So we're gonna go up the fjord

and do a visual for runway two-four

so we'll just kinda hug the.

- We're gonna make a right pattern?

- Yeah right traffic around.

- Okay.

- Stabilize configured five hundred above

down the touch down zone gonna be 2,000 feet

if we get unstable or have to go missed, just

straight out we'll just go take a slight left and

just climb out by the fjord, come around and do it again.

- All right understood.

- I got no questions. Exterior lights are on

Hydrolic quantity is checked, hydraulic pressure is checked

Nav radio is set, passenger sign is on, approach briefing, I have no questions.

That is complete.

- Rodger that.

- And.

- Nuuk Douglass November three three six one one position

Sierra India.

- [ATC] All right, still estimatimating November alpha at time 1948.

- Affirmative.

- Status copied.

Two zero nautical miles out of November alpha.

- Two zero miles out of November alpha Douglas six one one.

- I wanna make sure we get the right fjord here.

- So there looks like it's one straight ahead here.

- Yeah this one.

- We're gonna follow the water

it's gonna go to the right around the island.

- Right.

- Never seen anything like this in my life.

- About time you did. - Look at the iceburgs.

- Holy smokes!

I've been reading about this place

since I was 18 years old.

This is unbelievable.

All kidding aside, we could turn around tomorrow, go home

I'm done.

We've, you know

I gotta fly the airplane now.

- Time to fly.

- 3,000 for 2500.

You know what, let's turn these on just in case

we need to escape.

- Alright.

-One less thing to worry about.

Alright

- Time to slow us down a little bit.

- Rog

- I set power to 24.

- Okay so you get up to those rocks up there

you're gonna make a right turn and go around.

- Yeah.

- Which is the three fjords Ernie was talking about.

- So one two and three.

- Douglas November three three six one one

two zero miles inbound for landing.

- [ATC] November three three six one one

runway in use two four, two five two zero six magnetic seven knots.

Visibility more than one zero kilometers,

three thousand eight hundred feet, temperature is 11

dew point one QNH 1017 hectopascals, transition level 100.

- Understand Douglas six one one, Runway two four

-[ATC] November three three six one one option is

Runway zero six

wind is two two zero magnetic niner knots. Tailwind niner knots.

- Six one one thank you we will plan on runway two four.

-[ATC] Rodger.

- I think you're coming over that terrain so.

- I see two choices.

I see tuck it down near the terrain and just

kind of do a right turn.

- Right.

- I see go over that ridge over the glacier

turn around and just come down the glacier.

- Problem is you're coming over the ridge there

at a very steep angle.

- If we go over the glacier and sort of feed down across.

- Okay. - You see what I mean?

- Yep.

- That work you for you?

- Yep.

- The other choice here is to set up a nice wide

a nice long base descending through that groove

And make the turn for the final.

- Can you get it around the corner and everything?

And if you go up the glacier right now

you're gonna have to go above three.

Make that turn.

- That is pretty damn high.

- Uh the airports over here.

- Yep.

- Where's the right down wind that you're going to?

- Uh I think we need more time

I'm not sure that's gonna work.

- Look through this gorge up here

Spit ya out on the other side.

- What I would like to do is get a look at.

You know what, let's just do runway six.

Alright.

Narsarsuaq Douglas three three six one one

we're gonna be setting up for runway zero six at this time.

-[ATC] November three three six one one roger, runway zero six

wind is two two zero magnetic niner knots.

tailwind alpha niner knots

Report turning final.

- Six one one.

- Let's go flaps one quarter.

- Flaps one quarter.

- Gear down.

- Gear down.

- Landing checklist to the line, landing gear.

- Down latch, handle neutral, air pressure is up

green light, gear's down.

- Down and latched, handle neutral.

Pressure's up, green light, landing.

- Down.

- Misture's coming out auto rich.

Boost pumps are on, we are to line.

- Roger that.

- Uh this visual approach slope does intersect with terrain

so we will be above it

- Alright

-My plan is, this is our down wind

I want to turn the base to parallel that ridge line

and then turn final.

- Okay.

- That work for you?

You will not be stabilized by 500 feet

you'll be making the turn below 500 feet.

That's fine though.

- Yeah.

- 23 hundred feet right now.

Flaps three quarters.

- 90 knots.

And slowing slightly.

22 hundred feet.

- Alright starting down.

- Roger, you're still at three quarter flaps

90 knots.

- My plan is I'm gonna have you dump the rest of the flaps

once I'm pretty certain I've got the energy equation

nailed down.

- Okay

- Okay coming left

-17 hundred feet, 95 knots.

Flaps full landing checklist from the line

- Flaps full.

- Landing checklist from the line.

Props are set, flaps are set, landing checklist complete.

Good to call, turning final 15 hundred feet 95 knots.

- So we're gonna have to appear high and getting push from behind.

- Correct.

- Two and a half miles out should be about seven fifty

so you're slightly high,

87 knots.

- Narsarsuaq, Douglas three three six one one turning final

for runway zero six.

-[ATC] November three three six one one roger, wind two three

zero magnetic quantity went up, tailwind one zero knots

no traffic on the runway.

- Six one one thank you.

All right you're 200 feet high

95 knots.

- Put 23 hundred RPM for me.

- Roger that 23 hundred coming up.

Aye I got a PAPI that's awesome.

And it says you're low, interesting,

95 knots.

Still 95 knots.

90.

85.

80.

(laughs)

Best one of the bunch.

-[ATC] November three three six one one

on ground time zero one one, you can vacate via taxiway Bravo

- All right I can smile now.

- Look at them.

- I know.

- Welcome to Greenland!

(upbeat music)

- Hey guys we've made it to Greenland

the weather is awesome we got a bunch of fuel so we'll be

ready to go in the morning.

We're gonna go grab a bite to eat.

Explore a little bit and get up there and

do it again tomorrow.

We just had an awesome meal, checked into our hotel.

Hotel of Narsarsuaq, it's really the only option here

but it's really cool because it's this World War Two barracks

like everything in here is basically just left over

from World War Two, this is where the United States came

and built their base so we could get into Europe

and, now the old barracks is the hotel

the cafeteria is the restaurant

the chef stayed late till like ya know six or seven o'clock

When we got here we had this fantastic like pork potatoes

it was great and we were hiking around.

It's just awesome here.

So the hotel is literally a World War Two army barracks.

There's a couple beds, probably original furniture

sink, bathroom is shared with one other room.

If you were here in 1942, this is

where you would've stayed.

- [Eric] (reading checklist)

(plane engine starting)

We're having a little trouble

getting one of the engines started

so they're trying to figure out why.

(dramatic music)

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