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User currently offlineMarkTpa From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 97 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2612 times:

I know you are all going to think this is a weird question, however it is driving me crazy and I just need to find this video.
I remember seeing a program on either Discovery of TLC back in the late 80's (1988) it was called something like, "Your Flight is cancelled" or something like that. It was filmed at ATL in the tower cab and in approach/departure control. It was a really good show and I would like to find it on video so that I can purchase, but NO ONE seems to know what I am talking about. I have checked with the Discovery Channel and they don't know what I am talking about and I can't get anyone in the ATL tower to help me. Does anyone out there have and ideas or remember seeing the show??? Please help.

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User currently offlineTrident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

In the UK many such programmes have been made, usually under the BBC's "Horizon" banner. In the US these programmes, sometimes slightly modified (eg with an American narrator) have been shown on PBS channels in their "Nova" series. Being the late 80's I'd guess it was probably a "Nova" production rather than "Discovery/TLC". Why not try contacting WGBH Boston - who produce Nova for the PBS and see if they can help.

I know for a fact (as I still have it on tape) that Horizon did run an episode on ATC in 1989 called "Your Life in Their Hands". A large chunk of the programme concentrated on the UK scene - a flight from Birmingham to London by a Brymon Airways Twin Otter being featured. If this IS the programme you remember, maybe contacting the BBC in the UK might bring some results. Don't forget that any tapes obtained from the UK will be in the European PAL format and may not be viewable in the US because of their different TV format (NTSC)

User currently offlineRdps From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2535 times:

Hello MarkTpa,

Please e-mail at radar_control@hotmail.com I have a copy of that program.


User currently offlineC-fyow From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2481 times:

Hi mark.......

No, you are NOT crazy!!

The show WAS called as you said, "Your Flight is Cancelled". It was done
by NOVA in the US, and anchored by Judy Woodruff, (now at CNN). It was
about different scenarios that would cause US airtraffic delays, ie -thunderstorms
traffic backed up, etc. IT was as I recall, based on the lives of people who
run Atlanta's Hartsfield ATC ops, and how their daily decisions affected those
passengesrs who'se travel depended on them!!

One scenario showed numerous aircraft lined up for departure in a severe
thunderstorm, in which one flight was chosen to fly into a cell hole to see
if others could depart ATL the same way!! Good Program. I Still have it on

Take, care.......Steve

User currently offlineMarkTpa From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 97 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

If anyone has a copy of this video, I would love to have a copy. I called PBS and since it is so old, they don't have it in their library any longer. Any help that you could give would be greatly appreciated.

User currently offlineJamesag96 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2435 times:

Didn't that guy up top say he had one?
Hell after reading about this I want one as well.


Why Kate, You're not wearing a bustle. How lewd.
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2422 times:

I've got it on video as well. It's an excellent program. No, you're not crazy, and that "guinea pig" scene with the jet splitting the cells is the one I most remember, as well.

Tom in NO (at MSY)

"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
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