It’s the end of the runway for Ice Pilots NWT. After five seasons on the air, Season 6–returning tonight on History–marks the last television flight for the pilots, passengers and crew working at Buffalo Airways.
I was lucky enough to be flown up to Yellowknife, the show’s setting, where I met Mikey McBryan, pilot Scott Blue and “Buffalo” Joe McBryan. I can tell you that yes, it really is that cold, yes Joe is really that gruff and yes flying from Yellowknife to Hay River, NWT, in a DC-3 was a dream come true. I took a ton of pictures of my experience the handful that meant the most to me are in a gallery below. Bonus video below the gallery: a short video shot inside the cabin of the DC-3.
Ice Pilots NWT airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History.