Flying Boats

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Technology Documentary hosted by Johnny Panzarella, published by Discovery Channel broadcasted as part of DC Wings series in 1996 - English narration

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The 'Flying Boats' is the definitive film history of some of the most beautiful and spectacular aircraft ever built and flown - packed with rare action archive footage and stills featuring dozens of different designs around the World. This acclaimed Discovery Wings series tells the gripping story of these incredible aircraft from aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss' first designs in 1913 right through to the present day. First seeing service in the First World War, flying boats quickly adapted to peacetime when they became the World's first Airliners. In the 1930s Pan American Airways Giant Clippers established the World's first air service across two oceans and offered their passengers the ultimate in style, grace, romance and luxury. For the flying boat, it was a Golden Age. When the Second World War broke out, flying boats swiftly reverted to their military roles. Aircraft like the Sunderland and Catalina played a vital role in both the Battle of the Atlantic and the war in the Pacific - but it was becoming increasingly obvious that their days were numbered. Post-war designs like Howard Hughes gargantuan Spruce Goose and the British Princess proved costly failures and even radical new US Navy designs like the jet powered Seamaster and the supersonic Sea Dart could not compete with the cold efficiency of land-based aircraft. Flying Boats takes a fascinating look at the rise and fall of an aviation legend. Return to a golden age when the romance of the high seas blended with the science of aeronautics. Retrace the flight of the famous China Clipper. Fight fires with the largest flying boat still in operation. And find out who's keeping these classics alive.

[edit] On the Step

In 1913, aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss became the first to develop the flying boat. From the start, these large seaplanes surpassed land planes in both size and range. By 1920, they had become the first airliners, the first American aircraft to engage in combat and the first to conquer the Atlantic Ocean by air.

[edit] The Great Clippers

Learn how Pan American Airways' giant Clipper flying boats established the world's first air service across two oceans and offered passengers the ultimate in modern transportation. Juan Tripp's contribution to history is well documented with actual footage of the "China Clipper" and much more. To this day, these flying boats depict such romance and nostalgia unmatched by any land plane. Includes also rare footage of the Dornier DO X German Flying Boat.

[edit] The War Boats

From twin-engine patrol planes to six-engine bombers, flying boats offered versatility and mobility to combatants on both sides of World War II. Without these dependable work horses, the Allied forces might have lost the battle of the Atlantic as well as the Pacific island-hopping campaign.

[edit] The Giants

Just when post-war aviation had forsaken the large flying boat, three of the biggest ones ever built would make their debut. Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" and the British Princess were unfortunately doomed from the start, but the Martin "Mars" is still flying today as a converted water bomber used to fight forest fires.

[edit] The End of an Era

By the 1950s, flying boat operations in the United States Navy were in decline. Ironically, Navy planners began developing radical new designs including the jet-powered "Seamaster" and the supersonic "Sea Dart." In the end, however, these water-based aircraft could not compete with the obvious efficiency of traditional land planes.

[edit] The Final Frontier

Today, only Japan, Canada and Russia still produce large flying boats and seaplanes. Designed for special utility and military applications, these modern seaplanes have kept up with the advance of technology. In particular, the jet-powered Russian "Albatross" may lead a new generation of flying boats into the future.

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Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
Video Bitrate: 2265 kbps
Video Resolution: 720x544
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.324:1
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Audio Bitrate: 256kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 49:30
Number Of Parts: 6
Part Size: 894 MB
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