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Flying Through Time

Season 1
Discover the excitement of flying as we reveal the most remarkable aircrafts ever built and the aeronautical advancements that shaped aviation history. Audiences will be fascinated with educational portraits on historic airships, war planes and luxury jetliners. Fly through time in this wonderful series all about airplanes.
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  1. S1 E1 - Aircraft Carriers & The Hellcat
    February 7, 2004
    24min
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    Aircraft carrier development started as soon as the Wright brothers took to the air. However, it wasn't until WWII that the practice of using planes off floating platforms was tested in combat conditions. In this episode we explore the early development of the Aircraft Carrier.
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  2. S1 E2 - F14 Tomcat
    February 7, 2004
    24min
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    The Grumman F14a Tomcat is amongst today's ultimate weapons. It is considered a large fighter and stands at 63 foot long, 16 feet high and has a maximum wingspan of 64' 1". The F14's cruise speed is approximately 610 mph and it has a maximum speed of 1544 mph or nearly mach 2 - twice the speed of sound.
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  3. S1 E3 - Giants
    February 7, 2004
    25min
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    In this episode we travel along the development path of the Giants. The Antonov 124 is a giant among giants. On it's maiden fight in December 1982, it was the largest powered craft to fly. The Antonov is still the world's largest heavy lift aircraft. Surprisingly the largest aircraft ever built would dwarf the 124 Antonov.
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  4. S1 E4 - Mustang and Spitfires
    February 7, 2004
    24min
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    Two planes that standout in the history of flight shared a number of similarities. Both had a striking appearance. Both had a throaty roar from inline 12 cylinder motors. Both rightly or wrongly were credited for winning WWII. Two of the most popular war birds from WWII are the Spitfire and the Mustang.
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  5. S1 E5 - The Boeing Company - Part 1
    February 7, 2004
    24min
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    Developing aircraft requires huge expenditure. One company has on a number of occasions bet more than it's entire net worth. The company was Boeing and its gambles have paid off making it an aviation giant. In 1952 Boeing developed a prototype transport plane.
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  6. S1 E6 - The Boeing Company - Part 2
    February 7, 2004
    24min
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    During the early 1960's the US Air Force, asked for tenders to build and supply a large transporter. It was believed that Boeing had the edge over its competitors, Lockheed and Douglas. However, in 1965 the Air Force announced Lockheed had won the bid with their C5-Galaxy.
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  7. S1 E7 - Vertical Takeoff and Landing
    August 1, 2007
    24min
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    V.T.O.L. stands for vertical take off and landing. If you are thinking helicopters you are correct. However in this episode, we review the development of a plane that has the abilities of a helicopter as well as being a front line fighter plane. The Harrier Jump Jet is the only V.T.O.L. with a fighting history and the only V.T.O.L. in service today.
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  8. S1 E8 - The F-15 Eagle
    February 7, 2004
    24min
    7+
    The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter which many believe was the best in the lead up to the turn of this century. It was not developed from a line of planes previous to it. This aircraft was built from the ground up for a very specific purpose.
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  9. S1 E9 - P47 Thunderbolt
    February 7, 2004
    24min
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    The Thunderbolt was the most famous of the Republic Aircraft Company's planes built during WWII. First flown on 6 May 1941, the P-47 was designed as a large, high-performance fighter/bomber. We also pay tribute to one of the worlds most greatest woman aviators and investigate the fast exciting competition of Pylon Racing.
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  10. S1 E10 - The F104 Star Fighter
    February 7, 2004
    24min
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    We look at one of the many legendary planes designed by one of the worlds most awarded Aviation designers - Kelly Johnson. We follow the path of the much maligned but equally inspiring F104 Lockheed Star Fighter, from Kelly's initial concepts in 1952, through the painstaking development and to the last F104 made in 1983, a production run that lasted over 30 years.
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  11. S1 E11 - The SR71 Blackbird
    February 7, 2004
    24min
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    We'll continue with the design concepts of the Lockheed company and Kelly Johnson. These designs set the company and the man so far apart from their contemporaries at that time, that to this day in one design alone that gap has still not been breached.
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  12. S1 E12 - The A7 Corsair II
    February 7, 2004
    24min
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    We look at the Vought Company and their major role in fighter development. In this episode we'll see the lineage of some of their designs including the A-7 Corsair II.
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  13. S1 E13 - The F5 Freedom Fighter
    February 7, 2004
    24min
    7+
    The need for an inexpensive, lightweight supersonic fighter that was easy to maintain, and capable of operating from short runways and poor quality airfields was fulfilled when this baby fighter went from the drawing board to become one of the most successful export products of the US military aircraft industry.
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  14. S1 E14 - Valkyrie
    February 7, 2004
    24min
    7+
    We explore the development of one of the fastest planes ever built, the Valkyrie.We also trace the history of this aircrafts manufacturer to get an insight of how far we have come in aviation since WWII. But this journey would not be complete if we didn't pay tribute to a brave group of elite aviators who dared to test the untested - they are the test pilots.
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  15. S1 E15 - P-38 Lightning
    February 7, 2004
    24min
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    We look at some of the planes that set in motion a very distinguished manufacturing and aircraft design giant. One of these masterpieces was the only American fighter to remain in production throughout the entire 2nd world war, this was the P-38 Lightning.
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  16. S1 E16 - F4U Corsair
    February 7, 2004
    24min
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    The very first and the very last, perhaps ultimate of the US Navies propeller driven fighter aircraft, the F4U Corsair were supplied by the one company. These planes for their time represented the pinnacle of their technologies. We look at the lineage and contemporaries of the plane that would win the Pacific War.
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  17. S1 E17 - The Century Fighters
    February 7, 2004
    25min
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    After the hectic development period of WWII and the ensuing rush into jet engine development, a successive series of fighter aircraft emerged that made their mark in aviation history. These planes epitomized the shape of the supersonic jet fighter; they were the Century Fighters.
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  18. S1 E18 - A-4 Sky Hawk
    February 7, 2004
    24min
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    We look at the aircraft that became one of the most enduring American light attack aircraft of all time, the A4 Sky Hawk. This plane has been in use for over fifty years for the simple fact there is nothing else that can match all of its virtues and achieve all of its applications.
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  19. S1 E19 - The History of Commercial Aviation and Airbus Industry
    February 7, 2004
    24min
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    Over the years, airlines and manufactures have sought to make flight available to the masses and seat sizing and space per passenger were continually squeezed to make international travel affordable. In the short history of overseas air travel, there are perhaps only four or five planes that were built that could be considered quantum leaps in the expansion of intercontinental flight.
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  20. S1 E20 - Light Bombers
    February 7, 2004
    24min
    7+
    Flying Through Time we'll be looking at the development of the US medium attack aircraft from the pre WWII models to their developments in jet powered light bombers. These planes filled the gap between the fast incisive action of the fighter and the lumbering concentrated firepower of the heavy bombers.
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  21. S1 E21 - Evolution
    February 7, 2004
    24min
    7+
    Flying through time we discover the designs that have shaped today's aircraft. Over the years prototypes have ranged from dangerous contraptions to breathtaking marvels. Aircraft evolution accelerated with the war years, and today it seems the sky is the limit. In this chapter of Flying Through Time we investigate the evolution of the shape of planes.
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  22. S1 E22 - Catalina
    February 7, 2004
    24min
    7+
    In the early days of flight, most planes were flying boats. Lakes, rivers, bays and oceans provided ready made run ways. But by the time WWII started these runways were not always located where runways were needed. So a shift to made runways and planes with landing gear became the usual configuration for aircraft.
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  23. S1 E23 - US Heavy Bombers
    February 7, 2004
    25min
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    Flying through Time we'll take a flying trip through the years of the development of the American Heavy bomber. These planes were the big stick wielded by the US offensive forces, and became the tools of choice in the brinkmanship of the cold war. Today they're the platforms for launching military surgery and the embodiment of US airpower.
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  24. S1 E24 - Thunderjet
    February 7, 2004
    24min
    7+
    In the annals of aeronautic history the plane that takes the place between Republics classic attack fighters, the P47 thunderbolt of the Second World War and their outstanding F105 Thunderchief in the skies of Vietnam, is often skipped over.
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  25. S1 E25 - C-130 Hercules
    February 7, 2004
    24min
    7+
    Half a century after this aircraft first flew it is still in production. It has been hailed by some aviation enthusiasts as one of the most outstanding aircraft to take to the skies. Surprisingly, in this age of jets this most capable aircraft is propeller driven. Not one part of this latest version is from the original model.
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Directors
Darren Sharam
Producers
Wayne Malcolm-Gibbs
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Narrator - Paul Roberts
Studio
Chip Taylor Communications
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