Collection of programmes about aircraft used during times of war.
World's Greatest Warplanes From the very beginning, aviation's pioneers believed that the aircraft's future lay in its military uses. That was where the money lay and so that was where the pioneers pitched their products. The problem was that their designs could barely carry a man more than a few yards and so many military commanders were sceptical about aviation's real potential as a weapon of war. But, the First World War changed all that and by the end of the war in 1918, aviation had proved itself and all countries has burgeoning air forces. Since then, there have been many great combat aircraft either because they were brilliant in their role or they just happened to be the right aircraft in the right place at the right time. In this programme we profile some of the greatest. It is by no means the complete guide as there simply is not enough room in one programme to include them all. But, we hope you will agree that those we have featured would appear on anyone's top twenty list of all-time greats.
Story of the Spitfire It was the Supermarine seaplane racer plane that led directly to the development of its famous younger brother, the incredible Supermarine Spitfire. Is there any other plane that is so loved by its pilots? WorldWar II veterans say it is a pleasure to fly, there was a magic about this magnificent plane. While Spitfires couldn't fly at night and there was a lack of communication what the Spitfire couldn't do was dramatically outweighed by what it could! The instantly recognisable Supermarine Spitfire is one of the most famous fighter aircraft used in the Battle of Britain in 1940. Had they not been there the outcome of the Battle of Britain could have turned out very different... we have a lot to thank the Spitfire for! Many Spitfires have been restored and can be seen at air shows to this day. Ever wanted to know more about the amazing feat of engineering that potentially changed the course of World War II?
Jet Fighters Post-WWII By the end of the Second World War, the age of propeller-driven fighter aircraft was over. This video chronicles the development of jet technology and its impact on the Royal Air Force with three of the force's most potent Fighters. From the pioneering test flights of the Hawker Hunter of the 1950's, to the development of the world's first VTOL (Vertical Take Off and landing), aircraft the Hawker Harrier, including it's dramatic role in the Falklands War. In the ground attack role, the RAF deployed the Sepecat Jaguar, one of the most sophisticated aircraft of its time. The pilots talk about what it is like to fly these computerised, mach-speed planes, and dramatic footage from training and combat shows them in action.