Aircraft - Documentaries
Since 1981, NASA space shuttles have been rocketing from the Florida coast into Earth orbit. The five orbiters — Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour — have flown more than 130 times, carrying over 350 people into space and traveling more than half a billion miles, more than enough to reach Jupiter. Designed to return to Earth...
Eurofighter Typhoon is the world's most advanced new generation multi-role/swing-role combat aircraft currently available on the market. With 719 aircraft on contract and 571 aircraft on order by seven nations (United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman), Eurofighter Typhoon is Europe’s largest...
It's been called the smartest fighter plane on the planet but it is way over budget and still not delivered. Can the F35 live up to the hype, or is the project set to crash and burn? This 4 Corners presentation takes a close look at the F35 and the process that lead to the Australian government signing over billions of dollars for a plane that is...
This documentary features extraordinary recreations of dogfights from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War - using state of the art computer graphics. It puts you into the cockpit of World War I biplanes, P-51 Mustangs, Sabre Jets, and more with a detailed history of some remarkable aerial encounters.
This documentary recounts the desperate measures taken by Axis forces to stave off defeat in WWII and the mythical origins of the Japanese kamikaze and their Nazi counterparts. Many in leadership were opposed to suicide tactics--the driving forces were often young junior officers who had grown up in a culture of militarism and extreme nationalism...
Experience five future combat scenarios featuring modern 4.5 and 5th generation designs. First 4 F-22 Raptors engage Mikoyan MiG-29s, Sukhoi Su-30s and Dassault Rafales with the B-1R missile truck. The next scenario involves a group of F-35 Lightning IIs led by Raptors facing SA-23 surface to air missiles and MiG-35s. Next, Dassault Rafales and F-...
CARRIER, a 10-part series filmed aboard the USS Nimitz, is a character-driven immersion in the high- stakes world of a nuclear aircraft carrier. The episodes follow a core group of characters as they navigate their jobs, families, faith, patriotism, love, the rites of passage and the war on terror. All Hands – Five-thousand sailors and Marines...
NOVA accompanies famed test pilot Darryl Greenamyer and his intrepid crew on a perilous mission to repair and re-fly a B-29 bomber stranded on the Greenland icecap since 1947. In the face of incredible hardships, the team struggles to bring the old warbird back to life.
There have been many twists and turns in the journey of the controversial Eurofighter Typhoon. Conceived at the height of the Cold War by the UK, Germany, Italy and France to combat the superiority of the Soviet Union's air force, the aircraft's in-service delivery date of 30 June is ten years late and – at a cost of more than £50 billion – it's...
The Mig-29 is a fourth-generation jet fighter aircraft designed in the Soviet Union for an air superiority role. Developed in the 1970s by the Mikoyan design bureau, it entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1983.
With millions spent on its development, the Concorde is unlikely ever to be replaced, and this visual history pays timely tribute to an aircraft that pushed the frontiers of passenger flight to their limits.
This high-energy one-hour special takes a look into the revolutionary capabilities of the carrier-based strike fighter and the experience of the pilots who fly it. At California's Naval Air Station Lemoore, the Navy's most advanced F/A-18 training facility, viewers will learn what it takes to become a strike fighter pilot, from the rigors of the...
Documentary about the 25th and last bombing mission of a B17, the "Memphis Belle". The "Memphis Belle" took part in a great bombing raid on sub-pens in Wilhelmshafen, Germany. On their way they encounterd heavy AA fire and interceptors.
The most feared aircraft in the Air Force arsenal, the A-10 Tankbuster was the first aircraft in U.S. aviation history designed specifically for Close Air Support. From its first taste of battle in Desert Storm to the recent assault on Baghdad, the A-10 carries enough weaponry into battle to disable 16 main battle tanks, and with its amazing 30...
The history of the F-14 Tomcat fighter, which was retired from service in September 2006, is explored by former Tomcat pilot Tom Deitz. Included: the final combat landing aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt; and the ceremonial last flight at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.