hurricane harvey heroes ( 1 X 60' )
In 1949 Berlin was cut off, its only supplies arriving by air for an encircled population. When Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast in 2017, the city of Beaumont was left flooded, in darkness, and similarly marooned. Few could have expected that flying to the rescue would come volunteers, in a seventy year old aircraft, a veteran of that first crisis
August 2017, and the worst hurricane in decades is tearing through South Texas, destroying towns, battering cities and leaving a trail of death and destruction, along with hundreds of thousands of families stranded, flooded, and in desperate need of even the most basic of supplies.
Beaumont, Texas caught the worst of the storm. The friendly hunting, fishing family town was swamped, powerless under 15 feet of floodwater. Beaumont was literally drowning. Four hours away by road, upstate in Georgetown, the residents there decided to come to the aid of their suffering cousins.
Aid by the ton arrived at the city's small airport to ship to Beaumont - only to find no available military or government aircraft to dispatch it. A call went out to the State's private pilots to assist, and small aircraft poured in. Amidst the Pipers and the Cessnas though came one astonishing veteran and it’s crew - a 1940’s C47 Transport aircraft that saw action in the last days of WW2, and the 1949 Berlin airlift. Carrying ten times the load of even the largest private plane, the 70 year old flying museum piece from the Commemorative Air Force strode into battle as if it had never been away.
This is the incredible story of that plane, it’s mission and it’s veteran pilots, shot alongside the crew on their mission to save lives and rescue the stranded town of Beaumont.
Astonishing first person footage, graphic scenes of devastation from the air and personal accounts of an astonishing citizen mission against all odds.
Runtime: 60 mins
Production Company: Nik Coleman Television