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Von Werra - German Fighter Pilot
Investigating common grounds as well as contradictions, filmmaker Werner Schweizer connects in his cinematic survey Franz von Werra's biography and the one of the actor Hardy Krueger.
Whittle: The Jet Pioneer
The jet engine is one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. It changed the face of our planet and now permits 1.5 billion air passenger journeys a year. In WHITTLE: THE JET PIONEER, the true story of Sir…
The Beginnings of Flight
Part of the Series: The Amazing World of Aviation
From the exhilarating and perilous days of early flight, to the present, where travel on commercial flights all over the world is as common as travel by motorcar, this program looks at the beginnings of flight, with innovators such as…
Boeing's First Great Success - the 737
Part of the Series: The Amazing World of Aviation
The Boeing 737 twin engine jetliner was to become Boeing's greatest success. Launched in 1967, the short range transport entered service the following year, and has remained in production ever since. In the 737, they have combined the best of…
Legacy of the World War One Aviators
Legacy of the World War One Aviators celebrates a little-known chapter of aviation history, telling the stories of the group of legendary World War One pilots who came together to establish and operate Australia's first commercial airline in the remote…
Flying at the Speed of Sound - the Concorde
Part of the Series: The Amazing World of Aviation
Flying at the speed of sound doesn't seem lime the type of thing that was possible in the 1960's, but that was when traditional rivals Britain and France collaborated to build the world's first Concorde, a jet that could traverse…
The Boeing 787 - A Revelation in Air Travel
Part of the Series: The Amazing World of Aviation
The Boeing 787 may not look different, but according to it's manufacturers it is a revolution in air travel and will help preserve the natural resources of the planet. Similar to the Airbus A380, the plane is made from carbon-fiber…
Classic U.S. Combat: B-17 Flying Fortress
The story, through a series of classic war planes, of the development of the combat aircraft of the Second World War,produced to beat the capabilities of an existing enemy or a potential aggressor. The B-17 FLYING FORTRESS met a US…
The History of the Jet Age
Part of the Series: The Amazing World of Aviation
In 1966, British aviation expert Sir Frank Whittle was honored for his services to the aviation industry. Twenty-five years earlier, the aeronautical engineer had invented the jet engine, and ushered in a new era of air travel. On May the…
Flights & Fights - Inside the Low Cost Airlines
BBC
The inside story of the low cost airlines is a tale of big characters and big money. Ryanair's Michael O'Leary and EasyJet's Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou opened up new frontiers in the aviation industry as their airlines offered cheap flights to…
The First Decades of Aviation
Part of the Series: The Amazing World of Aviation
The first decades of aviation brought both triumph and tragedy. To fly an early airplane required skill, courage and daring. A new breed of adventurers looked to the heavens for their challenges, and thrilled audiences around the world. The advent…
Warbirds Over the Trenches: Eyes in the Sky
Part of the Series: Warbirds Over the Trenches
Out of the battles of WWI emerged the first combat aces!
The Success of Twin-Engine Aircraft
Part of the Series: The Amazing World of Aviation
Increasing passenger loads created greater demand on the world's most popular air lines, especially across the Atlantic. Traditionally, regulators had insisted that all passenger aircraft be powered by at least three engines, but the development of more sophisticated airplanes eventually…
Where is Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370?
Part of the Series: Horizon
BBC
Horizon tells the inside story of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. With access to the key players on the frontline in the southern Indian Ocean and the British satellite engineers who tracked the plane's final hours, Horizon breaks…
Seaplanes Cross the Oceans
Part of the Series: The Amazing World of Aviation
The very first airplanes were purely land-based. It soon became apparent that planes would need to be able to fly over water in order to transport passengers and cargo effectively. On 28th March 1910, Henri Fabre became the first person…
Aviation Goes Commercial
Part of the Series: The Amazing World of Aviation
In 1951, a whimsical animation encouraged Americans to appreciate the joys of flight. The years following the First World War saw flying take off as business. Previously unimagined opportunities opened up, among them, skywriting and sightseeing tours. Flying became a…
Aeronautical Technology Takes Off
Part of the Series: The Amazing World of Aviation
The decades following the First World War saw aircraft designers pushing the boundaries of aeronautical technology, moving the industry forward at a rapid pace. With new commercial markets opening up, it was the visionaries who held the key to success.…
The Jet Age Takes Off
Part of the Series: The Amazing World of Aviation
The year 1950 was a pivotal year for innovations in air travel, marking the start of the Jet Age after the invention of the jet engine by Frank Whittle some nine years earlier. Airlines began to spring up everywhere, catering…
Warbirds Over the Trenches: Last Man to Die
Part of the Series: Warbirds Over the Trenches
As planes became stronger, they became capable of dropping bombs onto targets from the air. The great bomber was born.
Next Stop for the Aviation Industry - Space!
Part of the Series: The Amazing World of Aviation
In 1982 the US government initiated a top secret research program known as Copper Canyon, to investigate the possibility of a single stage-to-orbit airplane which could take off and land horizontally. In 1990 the X-30 National Aero-Space Plane was developed…