The highlands of Bolivia, in the upper foothills of the Andes, provides one of the few remaining areas for adventurous fliers.
LV PAN..ZOOM in to aircraft
LV PAN..aircraft flies through narrow valley
MV & RV Aircraft (2 shots)
LC & MV Flying Fortress unloaded through nose
SCU Pilot talking to girls (2 shots)
LV & MV People board aircraft (3 shots)
LV Aircraft takes off over hill
GV & SV INTERIOR..aircraft (4 shots)
MV & CU's pets and livestock on aircraft (4 shots)
SV & MVs cockpit an views from cockpit (5 shots)
LV Aircraft approaches runway through mountains
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Background: The highlands of Bolivia, in the upper foothills of the Andes, provides one of the few remaining areas for adventurous fliers. Travel in this remote region is virtually only possible by aircraft, and the routes are among the most hazardous in the world.
Only about 20 pilots in the world are qualified to fly the inter-village service through the Andes. They navigate purely by visual aids as there are no radio beacons or radio compasses. They have to guide their aircraft along valleys, often landing on rough press strips running up hill or a sideways angle.
Most of the aircraft use don these routes are relics of the Second World War, modified to meet the new tasks. Comforts for passengers are non-existent -- there are no stewardess, toilets or galleys, and some planes have insufficient seat belts for the passengers.