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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Transportation

The Amazing World of Aviation

The Amazing World of Aviation

From Alpha to Zulu this series takes viewers back to the beginning of flight up through its entire history as an amazing growing industry up to modern-day plans to thrust commercial aviation travel into space. Produced by Switch International. Series: 13 x 60-minute programs.

List of Titles


Episode 1: The Beginnings of Flight

Episode 1: The Beginnings of Flight

From the exhilarating and perilous days of early flight, to the present, where travel on commercial flights all over the world is as common as travel by motorcar, this program looks at the beginnings of flight, with innovators such as Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo DaVinci coming up with new ways to give man wings, Click for more


Episode 2: The First Decades of Aviation

Episode 2: The First Decades of Aviation

The first decades of aviation brought both triumph and tragedy. To fly an early airplane required skill, courage and daring. A new breed of adventurers looked to the heavens for their challenges, and thrilled audiences around the world. The advent of the movie camera meant that their exploits could be broadcast to Click for more


Episode 3: Aeronautical Technology Takes Off

Episode 3: Aeronautical Technology Takes Off

The decades following the First World War saw aircraft designers pushing the boundaries of aeronautical technology, moving the industry forward at a rapid pace. With new commercial markets opening up, it was the visionaries who held the key to success. Each invention promising a future filled with endless possibilities. Click for more


Episode 4: Aviation Goes Commercial

Episode 4: Aviation Goes Commercial

In 1951, a whimsical animation encouraged Americans to appreciate the joys of flight. The years following the First World War saw flying take off as business. Previously unimagined opportunities opened up, among them, skywriting and sightseeing tours. Flying became a bigger feature of life all around the world, not Click for more


Episode 5: Seaplanes Cross the Oceans

Episode 5: Seaplanes Cross the Oceans

The very first airplanes were purely land-based. It soon became apparent that planes would need to be able to fly over water in order to transport passengers and cargo effectively. On 28th March 1910, Henri Fabre became the first person to successfully pilot a seaplane over water. Seaplane development went from strength Click for more


Episode 6: The History of the Jet Age

Episode 6: The History of the Jet Age

In 1966, British aviation expert Sir Frank Whittle was honored for his services to the aviation industry. Twenty-five years earlier, the aeronautical engineer had invented the jet engine, and ushered in a new era of air travel. On May the 15th, 1941, the first experimental flight using Whittle's engine took off over Click for more


Episode 7: The Jet Age Takes Off

Episode 7: The Jet Age Takes Off

The year 1950 was a pivotal year for innovations in air travel, marking the start of the Jet Age after the invention of the jet engine by Frank Whittle some nine years earlier. Airlines began to spring up everywhere, catering to the demands of passengers wanting to go just about anywhere, but the flights were domestic Click for more


Episode 8: The Growth of Airports

Episode 8: The Growth of Airports

The first air fields were more concerned with utility than comfort. In the early years, tents were the only amenities set up for the enthusiastic crowds who flocked to watch aviators' daring exploits. During the war, open fields provided a runway, and hangars stored maintenance gear and airplanes. The first passengers Click for more


Episode 9: Flying at the Speed of Sound - the Concorde

Episode 9: Flying at the Speed of Sound - the Concorde

Flying at the speed of sound doesn't seem lime the type of thing that was possible in the 1960's, but that was when traditional rivals Britain and France collaborated to build the world's first Concorde, a jet that could traverse the Atlantic in just 3 hours, at twice the speed of sound, around about 1400 miles an Click for more


Episode 10: Boeing's First Great Success - the 737

Episode 10: Boeing's First Great Success - the 737

The Boeing 737 twin engine jetliner was to become Boeing's greatest success. Launched in 1967, the short range transport entered service the following year, and has remained in production ever since. In the 737, they have combined the best of all previous Boeing air craft. Among these is the fact that it has one of Click for more


Episode 11: The Success of Twin-Engine Aircraft

Episode 11: The Success of Twin-Engine Aircraft

Increasing passenger loads created greater demand on the world's most popular air lines, especially across the Atlantic. Traditionally, regulators had insisted that all passenger aircraft be powered by at least three engines, but the development of more sophisticated airplanes eventually made twin-engine, long-distance Click for more


Episode 12: The Boeing 787 - A Revelation in Air Travel

Episode 12: The Boeing 787 - A Revelation in Air Travel

The Boeing 787 may not look different, but according to it's manufacturers it is a revolution in air travel and will help preserve the natural resources of the planet. Similar to the Airbus A380, the plane is made from carbon-fiber reinforced plastics and aluminum glass fiber materials which are lighter and more resistant Click for more


Episode 13: Next Stop for the Aviation Industry - Space!

Episode 13: Next Stop for the Aviation Industry - Space!

In 1982 the US government initiated a top secret research program known as Copper Canyon, to investigate the possibility of a single stage-to-orbit airplane which could take off and land horizontally. In 1990 the X-30 National Aero-Space Plane was developed by MacDonald Douglas, Rockwell International and General Click for more





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