World War One dramatically changed the
face of warfare. Machine guns, gas, tanks
and long range artillery were added to
the ever expanding arsenal - and the
weapon that more than any impacted on
the wars to be fought in the tumultuous
century ahead was the aircraft.
Since the first powered flight in the beginning of the 20th century, through to the end of
the war in 1918, aircraft designs had developed rapidly, resulting in a very efficient weapon
- the Fokker, Nieuport, Albatross and Sopwith, to name a few - and the development did not
slow down over the following decades, as Messerschmitts, Zeros, Spitfires, Hurricanes, Stukas,
MILITARY AlRCRAFT OF THE 20TH CENTURY is a series of eight programmes featuring the
aircraft that had the most significant impact on the numerous military conflicts during the last
This collection serves as an introduction to military aircraft, and as a historical document It
presents important technical data and actual combat footage, some, by definition, quite rare.
Fighter Aircraft of World War One
This volume features World War One aircraft including the Sopwith Camel and Manfred von
Richthofen’s famous triplane, the Fokker Dr. I. This programme also includes a special feature
on von Richthofen, based on his own writings.
Fighter Aircraft of World War Two
Volume two of this series takes a journey forward to the fighters of the Second World War
– including the iconic Spitfire, Hurricane, Me-I09, P-5l, Corsair, Zero and others.
Attack Aircraft post world War Two
The Second World War may have ended bit the development of military aircraft continued.
This volume looks at post WWII fighters including MiG-17 through 29, Sabre, Mirage, AV-86
Harrier, F-15, F-4, F-16, F-18, Tomado and more.
Bomber Aircraft of World War Two
Bombers played a major role in World War II and they are the central feature of this
programme which looks at, amongst others, the JU-87 ‘Stuka’, the HeinkeI HE-III, the
Lancaster, the Mitsubishi Gi M, the B-17 and the Mosquito - plus the last mission of the
Bomber Aircraft post world War Two
Bombers had a major role to play beyond World War Two, and this programme examines
some of the most significant to be developed during this era, from the B-52, through the
Lancer 10 the B-2 Stealth bomber.
Reconnaissance aircraft play a significant role in both war and peace time. This programme
looks several planes that were deployed in this crucial activity including the RA-5C, the
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, PC3 Orion and the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye.
Transport aircraft may not attract as much attention as fighter planes and bombers, but
their role in warfare is just as critical. This programme throws the spotlight on transport
aircraft including Hitler’s favourite, the JU-52, and the successful American workhorse, the
DC-3, e C-130 Hercules and the Soviet II 76.
As the 20th century marched forward, military aircraft changed significantly and the
helicopter revolutionised the way war was conducted. This programme features many
famous “choppers” including The Bell UH-1 ‘Huey’, the Black Hawk, the Apache, the Cobra, the
Sea Hawk and Sea King, the Mangusta and more.
Release Date: 25 October 2010
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification
Run Time (mins approx): 420
Screen Format: (4:3)
Sound Format: DOLBY STEREO