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WARPLANE: A Century of Military Aviation Advances
Parts One and Two: Wednesday, November 8th, 9-11pm   |   Parts Three and Four: Wednesday, November 15, 9-11pm

Episode Guide

Airplane to Air Force | Air Force to Air Power | Jet Age | Age Of Stealth |

Jet Age

Watch the Promo for Episode Three
(Windows Media Format)
Missed opportunities, a vital arms race and the secrets hidden among the spoils of war come vividly to life in the third program of WARPLANE. In the latter days of World War II, Britain and Germany feverishly advanced early dreams of a jet airplane, a defining piece of mid- 20th-century technology that would revolutionize existing airplane roles and create an entirely new generation of mission-specific machines. With the world in the grip of the Cold War, combat planes became faster and more agile, spy planes cruised over enemy territory at dizzying heights and dazzling speeds, and jet-powered helicopters entered military service. Designers, test pilots and combat crews took huge risks as they pushed the technological envelope, and within 58 years of Orville Wright's historic flight at Kitty Hawk, man had broken through the boundaries of both sound and space.