National Treasure #142: Kenn Borek Air

Since 1970, the airline operating successfully out of Calgary, Alberta.

Since 1985, the airline with operations in Antarctica as well as the Canadian Arctic.

In 2001, the airline responsible for the first successful medevac rescue from the South Pole during the polar winter.

In 2016, the airline responsible for a second such rescue, this time for two sick workers.  The crew was honoured for heroism by Aviation Week.

The airline with 7 accidents and incidents in 47 years of operation in inherently dangerous environments.

See extended video of the captain of the 2016 rescue.

See an article on recognition by the Smithsonian for the same feat.

 

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2 Responses to National Treasure #142: Kenn Borek Air

  1. Barry

    As per the motto: “Anytime, Anywhere . . . Worldwide”

    It is refreshing to see Wally and Sebat’s comments that it was not a heroic trip but rather it was a job that they have done numerous times. Leave the heroism to others!

    • Isabel Gibson

      Barry – Yes, it can be tough to understand what constitutes heroism when we don’t understand the everyday difficulties of someone’s job or business.