Rob Kinkade Dead End Express
Rob Kinkade in "Dead End Express" - © National Geographic Channel
Rob Kinkade from "Dead End Express" stars in the National Geographic Channel reality docu-series.

One of the last frontier's true pioneers, Rob Kinkade has been a pilot for over 20 years — and in a place where rough landing is a fine art, he's the master. Like many a modern nomad, he took a roundabout route to Alaska, having set up in Washington as a farmer. But when this free spirit looked at his hayfield, he saw a runway — and was soon using it for landing practice. It wasn't long before his inner calling for a life in the great outdoors took him to the open skies of Alaska. He's now used to having wolves and grizzlies for neighbors, has acquired a taste for moose meat, and even plans to carve out his own settlement in the wilderness.

With his bush flying skills, Kinkade can haul cargo anywhere he can land his 1946 Piper PA-12, a plane he's owned for 18 years and modified up the hilt. The extended wings, increased horsepower, cockpit skylight and oversized "tundra tires" have all been added with one thing in mind: making short takes-offs and off-road landings on this unforgiving Alaskan terrain. So if there's no runway, that's no problem for Kinkade — it's the fun.

Rugged Adventurers Haul Cargo on 'Dead End Express' — Premiering Thursday, May 7, the new National Geographic Channel reality docu-series follows those who risk their lives hauling fuel, ammo, food and medicine through the untamed wilderness to the farthest corners of the country. Read more...

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