Discover the excitement of flying as we reveal the most remarkable aircraft ever built and the aeronautical advancements that shaped flying history in Flying Through Time. Marvel at historic airships, be wowed by war planes and delight at luxury jetliners.
EVOLUTION OF MILITARY AVIATION
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.
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. 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.
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.
Release Date: 21 September 2009
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification