by Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf
Joint Base Elmendorf - Richardson Public Affairs
10/4/2012 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS) -- The
show "Mighty Planes" took aim at a new plane, the C-17 Globemaster III,
and the Discovery Channel was here to film the versatile cargo plane
from Sept. 20 to Sept. 26.
"The whole show Mighty Planes is exactly what it is, it's planes that
are 'mighty;' that are big," said Stephen Grant, the director of the
Mighty Planes feature on the C-17. "We have done planes that chase
hurricanes, planes that supply medical aid, but the C-17, much like the
C-5 Galaxy, is larger than life and people don't get to see those every
Grant said the maneuverability of the Globemaster III impressed him.
"The thing that blew me away is a plane that big can be that nimble in
the air -- we went up there and we had 75 paratroopers, and it seemed it
could turn on a dime," Grant said.
"When that thing accelerated over the mountains, you could feel it and it was awesome."
The Discovery Channel crew worked with many different people from
throughout the 3rd Wing, but worked especially close with members of the
517th Airlift Squadron.
Grant said the members of the 3rd Wing went out of their way to support his crew's mission.
"The guys here were fantastic," Grant said.
It seemed unanimous that the Discovery crew enjoyed the air-to-air refueling of the C-17 Globemaster III.
"One of the highlights for me on the C-17 was to witness the air-to-air
refueling, to be able to be so close to the other aircraft and to get
that kind of access to shoot through the cockpit windows was absolutely
incredible," said Chris Gargus, a freelance cameraman from Exploration
Production Incorporated, Discovery Channel.
Gargus said he is confident fans of the Discovery Channel will love the finished product when it finally airs.
"I think that there are a lot of options when you watch television,"
Gargus said. "But the people who are interested in this type of
broadcast, the Discovery fans, are going to eat this stuff up."
The story behind the C-17 is what hooks people, he said.
"For me, standing on the back of the door when they open up the gate and
seeing the land just displayed before you; that is pretty exhilarating
and that energy and excitement comes right through the lens and right
through to your living room," Gargus said. "I know I felt it and I am
sure the viewer will."
The episode featuring the C-17 is tentatively scheduled to air in the spring.