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Adam Smith

Mechanic

29 years old

Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

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"In the cold metal gets more brittle... you're more likely to crack cylinders and blow oil coolers. Seals will fail if they're not properly heated up, and that's not good. It's an artform running (these machines) in the winter."

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Never afraid to speak his mind, Adam has been calling it like he sees it around the Buffalo hangar since he was 10 years old. He's one of Buffalo's most experienced young mechanics, and he's no stranger to fixing an engine on a remote airstrip in sub-zero conditions. This year, Adam rescues a stranded C-46 in the howling wind on the Deline tarmac – a rescue mission that becomes a marathon.