From the sea they strike – the Navy's SEA WINGS. This collection focuses on America's Naval sea wing defense craft, which include the fastest fighters of the day. Aircraft seen in action include the F-8 Crusader, A-6 Intruder and F/A-18 Hornet, which carry the latest computer controlled missiles and radar-jamming equipment. These modern marvels are the gatekeepers of America's defense.
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.
For more than half a century, the CIA and U.S. military have relied on a sinister-looking black jet to go deep behind enemy lines for vital intelligence-gathering missions. The most famous aircraft projects are Lockheed's U-2 "Dragon Lady" and SR-71 "Blackbird" reconnaissance planes. During the early years of the Cold War, the most effective way to gather strategic intelligence about the Soviet Union and its allies was manned overflight. Lockheed's U-2 was spectacularly successful in this role. More than 50 years after its first flight in conditions of great secrecy, the Lockheed U-2 still flies valuable reconnaissance missions around the globe. After a Soviet surface-to-air missile battery showdown with a USAF U-2 spy plane near the city of Sverdlovsk in 1960, the US government realised they needed a reconnaissance plane that could fly even higher – and outrun any missile and fighter launched against it. The answer was the SR-71 Blackbird. It was closer to a spaceship than an aircraft, made of titanium to withstand the enormous temperatures from flying at 2,200mph. The ultimate flying speed demon not only served the U.S. military's needs for decades, but also shattered speed and altitude records for manned air-breathing jet aircraft.
Formed in 1935, the German Luftwaffe secretly began designing formidable military aircraft while other countries leisurely explored aviation. the Luftwaffe launched many of the greatest combat aircraft of the era. The Fw 190 was a deadly success. The Me 109 became the German's reliable workhorse.
Go behind-the-scenes at Dryden Flight Research Center, NASA's remote outpost where the world's top experimental flight researchers and pilots develop cutting-edge technology and flight test the world's most advanced aircraft. Here you’ll get the very rare opportunity to experience the power of top aircraft like the X-1, the X-15, the X-33, the X-43 and many more.