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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
The Growth of Airports
Part of the Series: The Amazing World of Aviation
The first air fields were more concerned with utility than comfort. In the early years, tents were the only amenities set up for the enthusiastic crowds who flocked to watch aviators' daring exploits. During the war, open fields provided a…
Warbirds Over the Trenches: Learning to Fly
Part of the Series: Warbirds Over the Trenches
An exploration of the air battles that marked World War I as the first aerial war.
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.
Warbirds Over the Trenches: Hunters
Part of the Series: Warbirds Over the Trenches
The Zeppelin was a turn of the century marvel, and it found a new purpose in early aerial combat.
Aeronautics - 21st Century Flight
Part of the Series: Show Me Science Series - Advanced
Aeronautics is the science of flight as well as the theory and practice of aircraft navigation. Any machine that flies through the air falls into the field of aeronautics. This includes helicopters, airplanes, as well as space vehicles such as…
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…
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.…
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…
Chasing Warbirds
Obsession takes on many forms. For these guys, it's trekking across the globe to find and recover rare airplanes that crashed during World War II, then restore them so they'll fly again. Jerry Yagen is the Virginia millionaire plane collector…
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…
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…
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…