The Hollywood notion of the fighter pilot misses the simple truth. That they are an integral part of a deadly weapon. Pilots are at risk not only from an enemy breathing down their neck, but also from the jet they fly. Pilots survive the violent skies not because of their jet, the engineers or their training. It’s instinct and adrenaline. A rush that leaves a pilot unable to explain what they did to survive. Pilots know that someday they’ll face the challenge of such violence.

In this Challenge of Flight program, you’ll witness first hand, a jet that has been struck, disoriented, killed by a missile shot, dying in violent skies. In the end, pilots survive from pure instinct and adrenaline.