NOVA: B-29 Frozen In Time
Airs Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
Friday, July 16, 2010
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.