AVIATION HISTORY

World War II - The Bombing War (part 1)

50m 43s

The film takes us around the entire world, as no region was spared : the free countries, such as those occupied by Axis forces, as well as Italy, Germany and Japan. Seen from the skies, the war is revealed in a new light. It began in 1937 when Guernica and the Chinese cities of Chongqing and Shanghai were devastated by bombs and ended in August 1945 when the Americans dropped the first atomic on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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World War II - The Bombing War (part 2)

51m 23s

The film takes us around the entire world, as no region was spared : the free countries, such as those occupied by Axis forces, as well as Italy, Germany and Japan. Seen from the skies, the war is revealed in a new light. It began in 1937 when Guernica and the Chinese cities of Chongqing and Shanghai were devastated by bombs and ended in August 1945 when the Americans dropped the first atomic on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Plane Resurrection - Skyraider

50m 55s

Developed just too late for WW2, it was called an aerial anachronism - a piston engine warplane in a world of jets and missiles. However, it was to come into its own during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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Plane Resurrection - Spitfire

50m 50s

A look at a beautifully restored example of the later, clipped-wing version of the legendary fighter-plane flown by Czech refugee pilots in the UK during wartime, featuring long-unseen test and operational footage.

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Plane Resurrection - Huey

51m 17s

The legendary Vietnam-era helicopter takes to the air in a pristine war-veteran example, and we learn the astonishing story of an aircraft blown up by its own missiles, and a wounded co-pilot went on to found a world-leading charity.

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Resurrecting a Legend

1h 22m

On the night of June 5th, 1944, a C-47 paratrooper aircraft, nicknamed That’s All, Brother took off from England, to drop Allied fighting men into Normandy, to clear a passage for the tens of thousands of troops lying off the coast. Despite surviving dozens more missions, post war she disappeared. The C-47 that led the invasion armada was either destroyed in Europe, shipped home and broken for parts, or worse still, scrapped and melted.

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Worlds Greatest Warplanes

1h 11m

From the very beginning, aviation's pioneers believed that the aircraft's future lay in its military uses. That was where the money lay and so that was where the pioneers pitched their products. The problem was that their designs could barely carry a man more than a few yards and so many military commanders were sceptical about aviation's real potential as a weapon of war. But, by 1918, aviation had proved itself and all countries has burgeoning air forces.

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The Greatest Air Race

54m 08s

The Greatest Air Race is presented and narrated by astronaut Andy Thomas as he embarks on a trans-continental journey to retell one of the world’s greatest aviation stories. In 1919, four Australians became the first men to fly across the globe. They flew from London to Darwin in a rudimentary plane made of canvas, wire and wood, sitting in open cockpits with only a compass for navigation. They completed the 11,000 mile journey in 28 days.

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Spitfire Voices

51m 40s

If you ever wanted to know more about the amazing feat of engineering that potentially changed the course of World War II, this is the programme for plane enthusiasts everywhere.

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