Series Focuses on High-Flying Repos

Jul 09, 2013 2 Comments by

It isn’t often I get too excited about TV shows. As I’ve grown older, my ability to suspend belief is weakening, which makes watching most of the small screen’s drivel extremely difficult. That includes series in the so-called reality genre as many of them are actually scripted to some degree or another. Regardless, I’m gonna give Discovery’s “Airplane Repo” a try.

The series, which debuts Thursday night, takes viewers along for some great rides as third-party agents snag aircraft from owner who’ve defaulted on payments. From the trailers I’ve seen, it seems like a pretty darn exciting show. Plus, it’s narrated by Mike Rowe, the “Dirty Jobs” star and the same guy who does the voice-over work for another favorite show of mine, “Deadliest Catch.”

This kind of work (airplane repossession, not voice acting) has intrigued me ever since I read an Air & Space Smithsonian story about it a few years ago. As soon as I was done with it, I thought the vocation would make a great series. Well, apparently others thought so, too.

If you’re looking to spend some time with an aviation-based TV show, I suggest Airplane Repo. If nothing else, you’ll get a glimpse of one aspect of the flying business that’s not often covered elsewhere.

Mike Harbour

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2 Responses to “Series Focuses on High-Flying Repos”

  1. Will Eberhardt says:

    Its an entertaining show and I like anything aviation related BUT sometimes like they always do on these type of shows they tend to hype up situations to make them more risky than they really are. For example taking off from a unlit runway at night ok so it might not be optimal but it sure beats landing on a unlit runway at night or flying without a radio, big deal. I know they are just adding some “excitement” for folks not familiar with aviation but jeez.

    • Mike Harbour says:

      Will:

      I’m right there with you…everything on TV, whether it’s the nightly news or a documentary on the boll weevil’s contribution to nuclear fission, is usually hyped to some extent. Supposedly, so say the powers that be, all these shows are competing for an audience that has way more choices than what even us guys in our 40s had growing up. Regardless, I’m hoping you FJ readers can overlook some of the show’s inconsistencies; after all, it’s just entertainment!

      Regards,
      Mike H.

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