Director: Thomas Henderson
Antarctica was described by Admiral George Dufek, the first Commander of Operation Deep Freeze in 1955-59, as the most dangerous flying outside of combat. This film is an account which proves the truth of that statement. The story of American aviation’s triumphs and tragedies in the harshest environment on earth is compelling. “Ice Eagles” begins with the background of Admiral Richard E. Byrd and his first three expeditions in Antarctica from 1928 – 41. It then covers the succeeding post-WWIII exploration expeditions: Operation High Jump, Operation Windmill and the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition. “Ice Eagles” explains the emergence of science as a major driver for U.S. and world interests in Antaractica and documents the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) and the ongoing Operation Deep Freeze which still supports science today. The contributions of U.S. aviation as the primary means of supporting the ground-breaking science is documented in film clips, photos, maps and numerous interviews with historians and participants in the history. Most of all, “Ice Eagles” documents the courage and sacrifices of those brave air crews that made all of this possible.