Flying Through Time

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History, Technology Documentary hosted by Paul Roberts, published by Discovery Channel broadcasted as part of DC Wings series in 2004 - English narration

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Climb aboard an amazing journey and discover the excitement and joy of flying. Featuring both extraordinary archive photography and modern footage, this Australian series looks at the aeronautical advancements of both military and civilian aircraft over 26 episodes. Each adventure highlights the most remarkable aircraft ever to fly including historic airships, war planes, luxury jetliners and many more.

[edit] Aircraft Carriers and The Hellcat

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. We also look at the Grumman Hellcat whose military record stands alone. This plane was one of history's best ever fighters - it had speed and manoeuvrability and it was extremely sturdy.

[edit] F14 Tomcat

The Grumman F14a Tomcat is amongst today's ultimate weapons. It is considered a large fighter and stands at 63 foot long, 16 foot 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.

[edit] Giants

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. Airships took to the skies around 1900, when the aeroplane was a very basic contraption. After reviewing many types of giants we end this episode with a look at a plane that was deigned with the sole purpose of moving people and making air travel affordable to the masses. Seventy-five thousand engineering drawings were used to produce the first 747.

[edit] Mustangs and Spitfires

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. Although both planes share similar styling, power plants and both were designated as fighter-bombers, that is where the similarity ends. In this episode we compare the two super fighters of WWII.

[edit] The Boeing Company Pt 1

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. They invested 15 million dollars, which well exceeded the company's net worth – if the plane failed – it would have sunk the Company. The prototype was to become one of the greatest planes of the century - the Boeing 707

[edit] The Boeing Company Pt 2

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. Boeings misfortune, at losing the contract, became the factor that assisted the creation of the 747 Jumbo. The technology Boeing used to build the Jumbo plane was accumulated over many years - mainly from building bombers for the US Air Force during the war years, one example is the B- 29. This week we complete our tour of Boeings history.

[edit] VTOL

VTOL 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 VTOL with a fighting history and the only VTOL in service today.

[edit] F-15 Eagle

The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely manoeuvrable, 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.

[edit] P47 Thunderbolt

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.

[edit] The F104 Starfighter

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.

[edit] SR71 Blackbird

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.The SR-71 Blackbird planes were so secret it is only with the benefit of time that we can now look back in awe of their achievements. Even then we will probably never know all they were capable of.

[edit] A7 Corsair II

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.

[edit] The F5 Freedom Fighter

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. We also look at the company that produced this little marvel and see how it and other early manufacturers of aircraft have developed.

[edit] Valkyrie

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.

[edit] P-38 Lightning

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.

[edit] F4U Corsair

The very first and the very last, perhaps ultimate of the US Navy's 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 contempories of the plane that would win the Pacific War.

[edit] The Century Fighters

After the hectic development period of world war 2 and the ensuing rush into jet engine development, a successive series of fighter aircraft emerged that made their mark in aviation history. These planes epitomised the shape of the supersonic jet fighter; they were the Century Fighters.

[edit] A-4 Skyhawk

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.

[edit] The History of Commercial Aviation and Airbus Industry

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. Today a European company is building an aircraft that will, like yesteryear, offer the passenger space and comfort, the AirBus.

[edit] Light Bombers

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.

[edit] Evolution

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.

[edit] Catalina

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. However there was one seaplane that continued through out the war and excelled in areas that other aircraft simply could not operate. Even though the plane was dated before the war started – it overcame it's age to go on to be one of the most famous WWII planes in history.

[edit] US Heavy Bombers

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.

[edit] Thunderjet

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. This period of expansion marked the first ventures into jet aircraft and many of the lessons learnt during the development of this series of planes have sired today's generations of fighter aircraft.

[edit] C-130 Hercules

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. The C-130's name is "Hercules" and the word relates to the mythical Greek hero who was renowned for his great strength. Like Hercules the myth, the C130 has become a legend in aviation.

[edit] ASW Orion Anti Submarine Planes

In today's world the embodiment of military might is the American aircraft carrier.These monoliths personify the essence of power and technical achievement. The weapons they have carried over the years have always been at the edge of industrial and scientific achievement and many of the planes used have become icons of aeronautic history. However the planes that perform protection and surveillance duties for these symbols of conflict seldom gain public notoriety. In this episode of flying through time well be looking at a number of these designs.

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Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
Video Bitrate: 2565 kbps
Video Resolution: 704x536
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.313:1
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 24:00.400
Number Of Parts: 26
Part Size: 400 MB / average
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