"Air Aces" is the groundbreaking series that tells the stories of the most heroic airborne combat missions in history. Using real vintage aircraft, the series films the impossible by re-creating mid-air combat sequences. Featuring Spitfires, Lancaster bombers and Phantom fighters, as well as aerial stunt teams and state-of-the-art camera technology, the series dramatises the exploits of the world's greatest Air Aces. The series also features revealing interviews with the last surviving veterans and military historians, rare archival footage and cutting edge CGI.
1. George Beurling Canadian George Beurling broke every rule in the book yet became one of the greatest fighter pilots of World War II.
2. Douglas Bader Using bold but controversial tactics, Douglas Bader beat all the odds to help turn the tide in the Battle of Britain and became Britain's most celebrated air ace.
3. Wing Walker The crew of Lancaster ME669 had one of the most dangerous jobs in the RAF, but the tactics called "total war" overshadowed their legacy. Yet, for the more than one hundred thousand volunteers - half of whom would not return - there was no other option. This episode also includes the incredible story of Norman Jackson VC.
4. Red Tails Pressure from African-American activist groups pushed President Roosevelt to initiate a blacks-only fighter pilot training program during World War II. What happened next gave birth to a potent fighting force against Nazi Germany and changed the course of American history.
5. Robin Olds In July 1966, North Vietnam's fleet of MiG-21 s was hammering the US Air Force. With the help of his pilots, Colonel Robin Olds masterminded Operation BOLO; a death-defying bait-and-switch tactic that he hoped would finish the MiGs once and for all.
6. Gabby Gabreski Against the backdrop of World War II, American pilots raced to shoot down the most German planes and be crowned the country's top-flying ace. US Air Force Pilot Francis Gabby Gabreski made it his personal mission to be the best there ever was.
There's something missing....
- Air Aces review by TB
I won't order this series since there is a glaring error; despite the totalitarian regime for which they fought, Luftwaffe aces such as Hartmann, (352 kills) Marseilles (158 in the west) and Schnaufer (121 all at night) far outclassed their Allied counterparts. Over a hundred German aces shot down more than a hundred aircraft. This series needs a wider outlook.