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The Tale of the King of the Wild Blue Sky

The highs and lows of America's first flying newsman, Jerry Foster.

In the 1970s, American helicopter pilot Jerry Foster changed the face of modern news reporting. He was often first on the scene at emergencies and daring rescue operations in the Arizona wilderness - sometimes even getting personally involved. Jerry was seen as a hero, but throughout his life, he struggled to live up to the image. There were secrets, scandals and accusations about his behaviour that threatened to ruin his career and life.

Presenter: Emily Webb

Image: Jerry Foster in his helicopter taking part in a rescue at Arizona's salt river
Credit: Courtesy of Jerry Foster

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23 minutes

Last on

Sun 29 Jul 2018 09:06GMT

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  • Sat 28 Jul 2018 21:06GMT
  • Sat 28 Jul 2018 23:06GMT
  • Sun 29 Jul 2018 09:06GMT