NOVA | Series Info
In 1947, a B-29, on a secret reconnaissance mission over Russia, became lost over the North Pole. The pilot made an emergency landing in Greenland, and the crew was rescued. This program follows pilot Darryl Greenamyer as he heads an expedition into the Arctic to rescue the downed B-29. Battling unpredictable weather, an unforgiving landscape, limited equipment, illness and fatigue, his team rushes to refurbish the plane before the harsh winter sets in. The second half of the program focuses on the Titanic's sister ship, the Brittanic. Few people realize that the Titanic had two nearly identical sister ships, the Olympic and the Britannic. The Olympic had a successful career as a liner until she broke up in 1935, but the Britannic met a fate almost as unlucky as the Titanic's. Serving as a hospital ship in the Aegean, it was either torpedoed or struck a mine on November 21, 1916, and sank within an hour, yet only thirty of the crew of 1,100 died. Nova joins the search for the wreck of the Britannic and explores the evidence of its dramatic end. TVPG
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