Each year, a specialized group of airplane pilots—known as ferry pilots—traverse the Atlantic Ocean in small, personal aircrafts at dangerously low altitudes. In the exotic world of vintage aircraft buying and selling, these brave flyers are responsible for delivering recently purchased planes to their new owners. Where these planes are meant for 200 to 400 mile flights, ferry pilots must cross the 700 mile gap between North America and Europe. As one pilot explains, “you are very much using your judgement, skill, experience to pitch yourself against nature and hopefully survive.” Read more about the world of ferry pilots on BBC.
The High-Risk World of Ferry Flying