A documentary on the world's first attempted intercontinental flight by piloted jet-wing between Africa and Europe over the North Atlantic Ocean.
Did You Know?
The helicopter pilots for the Challenge are very familiar with the area, as they provide multiple specialized helicopter services between Southern Spain and Morocco. The helicopter pilots also - as is often the case the world over - have a testy relationship with the Air Traffic Controllers that they have to liaise with in the area when flying. As such, they have given exotic nicknames to the various Air Traffic Controllers that they have to communicate with, which exotic nicknames (and exotic comments) they freely discuss among each other in their (private) helicopter to helicopter radio communications. Unfortunately, the Helicopter Pilots did not attend the briefing at which the live Internet streaming was discussed, and so they did not know that their "private" helicopter to helicopter radio communications would in fact be broadcast live and worldwide, and that every Spanish-speaking person in the world would hear and understand perfectly what they were saying as they were saying it - including the personnel at the Air Traffic Control station that they were working through at the time. As such, during the Emergency Sea Rescue rehearsal, they chatted - extensively - among each other when they came into the control area of the Spanish Air Traffic Control, discussing the various controllers by their exotic nicknames, and making exotic comments about them. It was only later that day, after the rehearsal, when they found out that their exotic comments on the ATC personnel were broadcast live to everyone in Spain and every Spanish-speaking person in the whole of Latin America (and to the Air Traffic Controllers that they were discussing) that they understood why - when they called the ATC to ask if they had watched the rehearsal on the Internet - that the ATC simply shouted, in a loud voice, "YES"", and then slammed the phone down. The pilots' conversation on their radios the next day was very limited. See more
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